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Mark Schmidbaur

Calihan Fellowship

The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Graduate students and seminarians currently studying theology, philosophy, economics, or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society.

Calihan Travel Grants

The Calihan Travel Grants provide financial assistance to graduate students and seminarians who have been selected to present at an academic conference or research relevant to themes promoted by the Acton Institute. Such themes include the integration of theological ideas with principles of limited government, rule of law, religious freedom, and economic liberty. 

Novak Award

This award recognizes those scholars early in their academic career who demonstrate outstanding intellectual merit in advancing the understanding of theology’s connection to human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.

Mini-Grants on Free Market Economics:

The purpose of this mini-grant program is to enhance the effectiveness in the teaching and scholarship of market economics for faculty at colleges, universities and seminaries across the United States and Canada. The Acton Institute invites proposals from faculty in one or more of the following broad categories: course development and faculty scholarship.

Am I Eligible?

Questions on eligibility? Download the Academic Awards Fact Sheet or the Mini-Grant Fact Sheet to see if you or someone you'd like to nominate qualify for one of these programs.