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Grand Rapids, Michigan — The Acton Institute’s annual Novak Award grants a $10,000 prize to a scholar who produces outstanding new research into the interrelation of religion and economic liberty. The application deadline is quickly approaching.

The Novak Award is named in honor of Acton Institute Advisory Board member Michael Novak and is made possible by the generosity of Joseph L. Calihan and family in appreciation for Novak's scholarly contributions in the areas of economics and theology.

Scholars who have received a doctorate from an accredited domestic or international program in theology or religion, economics, philosophy, or business during the current or previous calendar years are eligible to enter, as are current doctoral candidates in these fields.

To be considered for the Novak Award, scholars must submit the following to the Acton Institute:

  • A completed application form;
  • 5,000–7,500 word research paper or published article on a theme relevant to religion and economic liberty;
  • curriculum vitae; and
  • two letters of recommendation from professors or other established scholars in your field.

Applications for the Novak Award will be accepted through December 31, 2001. Complete application information may be obtained by calling the Institute at (616) 454-3080 or by visiting our Web site, .

About the Acton Institute

With its commitment to pursue a society that is free and virtuous, the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty is a leading voice in the national environmental and social policy debate. The Acton Institute is uniquely positioned to comment on the sound economic and moral foundations necessary to sustain humane environmental and social policies.

The Acton Institute is a nonprofit, ecumenical think tank located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Institute works internationally to "promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles."

Interviews with Institute staff may be arranged by contacting John Couretas at (616) 454-3080 or at