Summer Fellowship for Religion & Social Life

A two-month summer intensive in Washington, D.C., for students to explore the social benefits of religious communities while undergoing intentional spiritual formation as well as professional development for a life of service and leadership.

The application window for summer 2024 is now open! The deadline to apply is October 1, 2023.


  • Spend 8 weeks in Washington D.C. living, learning, and working in the heart of the city
  • All expenses paid (transportation, housing, travel) plus a weekly stipend for meals and incidentals
  • Interdisciplinary seminars on topics related to public policy and the social impact of religion
  • Professional internships with organizations working at the intersection of religion and politics
  • Professional/leadership development and networking opportunities
  • Spiritual enrichment programming and exposure to religious communities in Washington
Seminar topics include:
  1. Religion and International Human Rights 
  2. Evidence-based Solutions to Poverty 
  3. Religion and Human Flourishing 
  4. Religious Liberty 
  5. Religion, Race, and Law Enforcement 


Program Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must be enrolled at Baylor as an undergraduate student at the time of application
  • Baylor undergraduate students from all majors are eligible to apply for the program
  • Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors, however, rising sophomores will be considered
  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0

Application Materials

All application materials are to be submitted using the application form linked below.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
    • The cover letter should clearly communicate: 
      • 1) What drew you to this program and why you're interested; 
      • 2) What qualifications you bring to this program (i.e. relevant academic coursework completed, leadership and service opportunities that demonstrate your reliability and maturity);
      • 3) How this experience will advance your future academic, professional, and personal goals.
  • Two recommendations submitted through this recommendation form
    • At least one recommendation must be from a Baylor faculty member
  • Degree Audit (Unofficial is acceptable)
  • Permission to access student conduct records*

*Due to the nature of this program, applicant records maintained by the Student Conduct Administration office are subject to review at any time to ensure that program participants are in good standing with the University. Any past offenses will be considered and program participation will be determined at the discretion of the program directors based on this review. If a student is accepted into the program and the program directors learn of past or new offenses after-the-fact, acceptance into the program and any offered scholarship funds can be revoked, as determined at the discretion of the program directors.

Want to learn more? Attend an interest session on Wednesday, September 27th.

We will host an interest session to explain more about the program and answer questions on Wednesday, September 27th. Dinner will be provided! Register here to attend, or email if you want to learn more but are unable to attend the interest session.


The application for our Summer 2024 Cohort is now open! The deadline to apply is October 1, 2023. Please contact if you have any questions.


Here is the link to the recommendation form, please send to two Baylor faculty or staff members to complete your application.

Baylor in Washington

700 K St. NW, Ste. 300
Washington, D.C. 20001

(202) 870-9978