The Weaver Fellowship

The Weaver Fellowship Program seeks to uphold the idea of excellence and the role of education in producing unique individuals capable of making reasoned choices.

The Grant

Each Weaver Fellow receives a grant of $5,000 and payment of tuition at the school of his or her choice (either in the U.S. or abroad).


The Weaver Fellowship is granted to current graduate students or applicants to graduate schools who have an intention to teach at the college level.

  • Applicants must be members of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. (Not a member yet? Join now!)
  • Graduate Fellowship applicants must engage in graduate studies for the purpose of teaching at the college level.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, who will be enrolled in a full-time graduate program for academic year 2015-2016.
  • Those attending pre-professional (medical, law, divinity, business, etc.) schools are ineligible.
  • Applicants may apply for more than one fellowship in any given academic cycle. For each fellowship sought, applicants must submit separate copies of all components of the application.

Required Application Materials

  • An original, five- to ten-page essay responding to the following question: What is the relationship between liberal education and a free society?
  • Headshot
  • One-page outline of prior education, awards, fellowships, and internships
  • Three- to five-page personal, philosophical, and professional autobiography
  • Five- to ten-page academic writing sample
  • Three academic letters of recommendation (Must be sent by the recommender and include the Graduate Fellowships Program Letter of Recommendation Form)
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work (May be mailed by the issuing institution or the applicant)
  • Brief responses to the following four questions:
    • Why the applicant has chosen teaching as a profession
    • Why the applicant desires a fellowship
    • How the applicant heard about the ISI Fellowship Program
    • Signed declaration of intent to teach

Personal philosophical statement and academic writing samples must be 12 point standard font and double spaced.

Application Deadline:
January 14, 2015

The 2015–2016 ISI Graduate Fellows will be announced in April 2015. ISI will notify each applicant by email.

Awards Committee

  • William F. Campbell Louisiana State University
  • E. Christian Kopff University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Claes G. Ryn The Catholic University of America
  • Peter W. Schramm Ashland University
  • Andrew A. Tadie Seattle University
  • R.V. Young North Carolina State University

More Information

For more information on the Graduate Fellowships Program, please e-mail or call (800) 526-7022.