Companion-level scholarships award $500 or less for learning resources, event or project costs, speaker fees, or attendance at conferences. To qualify for a Companion scholarship, applicants must submit a resume and cover letter and answer several short essay questions.


Ambassador-level scholarships award $500 or more for 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 Philos Executive Director Robert Nicholson.

Philos Language Scholarship

Positive Christian engagement in the Near​ East requires Christians who understand the Near East on its own terms. To that end, Philos offers a one year language scholarship for a select number of highly-driven individuals who are pursuing a Near East-related career to study its languages with the help of digital tools. Scholarship recipients receive full Gold-Level access to Rosetta Stone for one year and the opportunity to achieve intermediate proficiency in one of four Near Eastern languages: Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish or Persian. Recipients get access to standard Rosetta Stone learning materials as well as unlimited access to native speakers for real-time assistance in conversation, reading, and writing.

The best applicants will demonstrate strong academic and professional credentials, consistent and commendable character, concrete plans for a career in Near Eastern affairs, and strong participation in The Philos leadership network. Please note that preference is given to graduates of other Philos programs, especially The Philos Leadership Institute

Recipients will be required to complete:

  • 4-5 hours of study per week
  • 1 live tutoring session (25 min) per week
  • 4 study-units every 45 days
  • Quarterly projects
  • Quarterly check-in calls with Philos staff
  • A final Oral Proficiency Interview with a score of at least intermediate-low


Amanda Achtman

Summer 2018

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

Julie A. Tegho is a Lebanese researcher on Near 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 and Fall 2018

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 Near 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 Examiner. Ewelina 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

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.