The Acton Institute, Calihan Academic Fellowships

Deadlines: Fall Term 2010 Fellowships: July 15, 2011; Spring Term 2010 Fellowships: October 31, 2009
Amount: up to $3,000


The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Applicants 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. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.


Awards are open to seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, 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.


All applicants must submit the following:

  1. A signed application
  2. A 1-page proposal that outlines what you intend to accomplish with this scholarship.
  3. A 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.
  4. A recent 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.
  5. Official transcripts from your current university and each university where you have received a degree.

For further details and application please visit the Acton Institute “Awards and Scholarships” webpage.

Mail all application materials to:

Acton Institute
Calihan Fellowships
161 Ottawa NW Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA
phone: 616.454.3080
fax: 616.454.9454

Direct all inquiries to: Kara Eagle, 617-454-3080

Last Updated: 6/14/2010