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


Amanda Achtman, Summer 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Amanda Achtman studied political science at the University of Calgary in her home province of Alberta and recently completed a master’s degree in John Paul II Philosophical Studies at the Catholic University of Lublin in Poland. Raised in a Jewish-Catholic family, Amanda has had a lifelong interest in defending freedom of conscience and religion, while encouraging serious and respectful engagement with theological differences. An alumna of the 2017 Philos Leadership Institute, Amanda is currently working for a Conservative member of parliament in Canada. 
This summer, Amanda is exploring Jewish-Catholic relations. In Rome, she met with: Rabbi Riccardo di Segni, the Chief Rabbi of Rome; Fr. Etienne Vetö, Director of Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Gregorian University; and, Fr. Norbert Hofmann, Secretary of the Vatican’s Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews. In Jerusalem, she is studying modern Hebrew at the Polis Institute while getting acquainted with the Hebrew-speaking Catholic community. Amanda seeks to promote a greater understanding of Judaism and Israel among Catholics. And, she is interested in discovering how Jews and Catholics can cooperate in the practical tasks of humanizing our culture.  




Julie A. Tegho, Fall 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Julie A. Tegho is a Lebanese researcher on Middle East modern history with a special emphasis on Lebanon. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in History at Univeriste Saint Joseph de Beyrouth on the Lebanese wars (1975-1990). Her thesis focuses on the Battle of Zahle (April 1981 – June 1981) and the experiences of the Lebanese Resistance against the Syrian Army presence in Lebanon. Tegho’s goal is to tell the oral history of the Lebanese wars from the vantage points the fighters and militants in the Lebanese Resistance, and ordinary people caught in the cycles of violence. 

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.