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.
Fall Term Academic Grants
Application deadline: July 15
Spring Term Academic Grants
Application deadline: October 15
Shortly after a given deadline, applications are reviewed and recipients selected by the research staff of the Acton Institute. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and not subject to appeal.
Recipients must respond to an award notification within one month and adhere to the grant conditions listed below.
Academic Grants do not exceed USD$3,000, but typically range from USD$500-$1,000.
Academic Grants are not renewable but all applicants are eligible to re-apply.
All qualified individuals will be considered for the Calihan Academic Grant program without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and are not subject to appeal. Recipients must comply with any applicable tax regulations.
The application form and supplemental documentation should be completed online. Any documentation that cannot be uploaded, should be emailed to Grants-Awards. All application materials should be submitted in English.
Calihan Academic Grants are typically not extended to those students who are not scholars or future religious leaders, or whose work is not connected to the mission of the Acton Institute. Those students whose work is closely tied to that of the Acton Institute have a greater likelihood of receiving an Academic Grant.
Like the vast majority of universities, award programs, and research institutes, the Acton Institute does not enter into discussions with unsuccessful applicants concerning the particular reasons for their denial.
Visa Application (if applicable)
Applying for or receiving a grant does not guarantee that you will be provided with a travel visa. Nor should an award notification be used as a substitute for a visa for entry into another country. You may, however, use a grant letter as a supporting reference in applying for the appropriate visa from the relevant consulate or embassy.
The Calihan Academic Grants are designed to be supplemental in nature. As such, when planning educational financing, we encourage applicants to secure multiple sources of funding.
Since this is a highly competitive program in which many worthy applicants participate, no one should presume funding. We attempt to be as generous as possible in making awards, but also must convey that funds are limited and demand is high.