Eligible scholars must submit an application form and supporting documentation by March 15. Nominations are no longer necessary. Download the Application Form [PDF].
Shortly after the application deadline, applications are reviewed and finalists are selected. The Novak Award recipient will be selected by the Acton Institute. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and not subject to appeal.
All award decisions are communicated via e-mail.
Like the vast majority of universities, scholarship programs, and research institutes, the Acton Institute does not enter into discussions with unsuccessful applicants concerning the particular reasons for their denial.
The recipient of the Novak Award will present his or her research in a public forum known as the Calihan Lecture.
Travel expenses for the recipient to and from the Calihan Lecture will be provided in addition to the $15,000 award.
Any published work drawn out of the award must also be granted by-line acknowledgment to the Novak Award and the Acton Institute.
The Acton Institute may publicize the award and has permission to identify a recipient as a Novak Award recipient.
Recipients must comply with any applicable tax regulations.
A complete application is required to be considered for this award and includes the following:
- A signed application form [PDF] (must be completed in English). Applications are due on March 15.
- A Curriculum vitae.
- A 500-word 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 and principles listed above. Include how you expect to contribute to a better understanding or application of these ideas.
- A research paper, refereed published article, or other scholarly work, such as a book, monograph, or a conference paper, on a theme relevant to religion and economic liberty or a related theme.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or other established scholars in your field.
Completed applications must be mailed to the Acton Institute and postmarked by March 15.
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Lucas G. Freire (2018)
Knowing before Judging: Law and Economic Analysis in Early Modern Jesuit Ethics
Wim Decock (2017)
The Crisis of Liberty in the West
Ryan T. Anderson (2016)
Dependence on God and Man: Toward a Catholic Constitution of Liberty
Catherine R. Pakaluk (2015)
Virtuous Poverty, Christian Liberty: A Free-Market Appreciation of Pope Francis
Oskari Juurikkala (2014)
“Second Thoughts on Newman”: Newman, Constitutions, and Markets
David P. Deavel (2013)
Society, Economy, and Culture: Challenges for the West
Giovanni Patriarca (2012)
Social Justice, Government, and Society
Hunter Baker (2011)
The Themes of the Free Market Economy and State in the Encyclicals of Benedict XVI
Kęstutis Kėvalas (2010)
Consumerism, Subsidiarity, and the Market
Andrew V. Abela (2009)
A Rosminian Vision for the Post-Crisis Global Economy
Carlos Hoevel (2008)
Centesimus Annus: Law, Human Rights, and the Free Society
Andrea Schneider (2007)
Spiritualizing the World: Secularism as a Religion—Challenges for Faith and Liberty in Europe
Jan Kłos (2006)
The Importance of the Penultimate: Reformed Social Thought and the Contemporary Critiques of the Liberal Society
David M. VanDrunen (2005)
Business Ethics and Truth: Restoring the Broken Nexus
Maximilian B. Torres (2004)
What Profits for a Man to Gain: Just (the) Price (of the Soul)
Jude Chua Soo Meng (2003)
The Hope of Salvation and the Sentence to Death: Religion, Despair, and Terror in the Modern World
Michael Casey (2002)
The Labour Theory of Value and Social Justice
Arnaud Pellissier (2001)
Acton Institute President Rev. Robert A. Sirico reflects on the passing of his friend and mentor Michael Novak, who through his writings influenced scores of scholars and theologians to recognize the potential of the market economy and the centrality of the dignity of the human person.