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The Calihan Academic Grants provide financial assistance to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Graduate students and seminarians currently studying theology, philosophy, history, law, politics, 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. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.

Deadlines

Fall Term Academic Grants
Application deadline: July 15

Spring Term Academic Grants
Application deadline: October 15

Eligibility

  • Awards are open to current seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, history, law, politics, economics, or in related fields.

  • Strong academic performance is essential.

  • Candidates must have a demonstrated interest in the themes of the Acton Institute.

  • Candidates must display the potential to advance the themes of the Acton Institute.

  • Awards are open to all qualified persons irrespective of race, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability.

Requirements

  • Completed application form and following documentation:

  • 1-page proposal that outlines what you intend to accomplish with this award. Upload in application form.

  • 2-page essay that describes your intellectual development, future plans, and career goals. This statement should elaborate on the source and development of your interest in the ideas listed above, including how you expect to contribute to a better understanding and application of these ideas. Upload in application form.

  • A recent academic paper you have already written relevant to the themes promoted by the Acton Institute. If it is not in English, please provide an English abstract or summary. Upload in application form.

  • Official transcripts from your current university and each university where you have received a degree. Notarized copies are also acceptable. An official letter of enrollment is acceptable if current transcripts are not yet available. Upload in application form or email to Grants-Awards.

Apply Now

Follow the link below to apply for the Calihan Academic Grant. Contact us at Grants-Awards with additional questions.