Scholarship Program

The Philos Project Scholarship Program offers a limited number of merit-based scholarships to qualified young leaders who are seeking to fund projects, internships, and educational or travel programs that advance the mission of The Philos Project. Scholarship recipients are required to complete a summary report outlining the outcomes of the scholarship. Please note, preference is given to participants of our past programs, and Philos membership is required for scholarship eligibility.

Scholarship applications are accepted on a quarterly basis:

Fall program deadline: July 31
Winter program deadline: October 31
Spring program deadline: January 31
Summer program deadline: May 31

We offer two levels of scholarships: Companion and Ambassador.

Companion-level scholarships award $500 or less for requests involving learning resources such as books or videos, event or project costs, speaker fees, and attendance at conferences. To qualify for a Companion scholarship, applicants must provide a resume and cover letter and answer a few short essay questions.

Ambassador-level scholarships award $500 or more for requests involving internships and educational/travel expenses. Ambassador scholarships require a more intensive application process. To qualify, applicants must provide a resume, cover letter, writing sample, and two recommendation letters; must answer two essay questions; and must complete an interview with the Philos Project’s Executive Director Robert Nicholson.

Interested individuals can learn more about the Philos Project Scholarship Program by contacting Constituent Relations Director Rebecca Gonzales at


Ewelina U. Ochab, Summer/Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Ewelina U. Ochab is a legal researcher and human rights advocate, and author of the book “Never Again: Legal Responses to a Broken Promise in the Middle East.” Ochab works on the topic of the persecution of minorities around the world, with main projects including Daesh genocide in Syria and Iraq, Boko Haram atrocities in West Africa, and the situation of religious minorities in South Asia. Ochab has written over 30 UN reports (including Universal Periodic Review reports) and has made oral and written submissions at the Human Rights Council sessions and the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Ochab is working on her PhD in international law, human rights and medical ethics. Ochab is a Contributor to Forbes. She has also published in the Providence Magazine, Oxford Human Rights Hub, UnHerd, and Washington ExaminerEwelina spoke at the UN Human Rights Council, UN Forum on Minority Issues, European Parliament, Council of Europe, Dutch Parliament, and conferences in Poland, Slovakia, Austria, Australia, Belgium, Sweden, Italy and South Africa.



Kari Miller, Summer 2017 Scholarship Recipient 

I spent three weeks this July volunteering at the Tel Shimron excavation in Israel. Like all excavations in this part of the world, Shimron saw occupation over thousands of years, going back from Islamic to Byzantine, Roman to Hellenstic, and Middle Bronze. Though my previous excavation experience has been in Islamic and Byzantine periods, I had the privilege this summer of working in the Middle Bronze Age period and growing in my knowledge and skills in excavating that period. Since this was the first summer of excavations at Shimron, one goal was to determine the extent of the Middle Bronze Age settlement there. I contributed to the success of this goal as our work showed that a sizable community was established at Shimron during the Middle Bronze Age. This is the period during which Abraham would have migrated to the area, so it was very exciting to connect a biblical event to the work we were doing. I am very grateful for the opportunity to excavate at Tel Shimron. While there, I grew in my skills as an archaeologist. During my time in Israel, I took a class on Field Archaeology, and for my final project was able to research and write about the transition between the Byzantine and Islamic periods and suggest how Shimron may fit into the academic understanding of this crucial time in history. It was beneficial for me to meet many archaeological scholars of the Holy Land, to learn from their experience and to understand what it means to pursue this field. It was truly a privilege to contribute to the first season at Tel Shimron and I am very thankful for the role the Philos Project played in allowing that to happen.