The Calihan Travel Grants provide financial assistance to students who have been selected to present, at an academic conference, research relevant to themes promoted by the Acton Institute. Such themes include the integration of theological ideas with principles of limited government, rule of law, religious freedom, and economic liberty. Grants are also open to students who need to travel to, and perform research at, archives or libraries or to attend educational conferences that involve the above themes.
- Selection Process: 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.
- Agreement: Recipients must respond to an award notification within one month and adhere to fellowship conditions listed below.
- Grant Amounts: Travel grants do not exceed $3,000. Grant amounts take into account the costs of travel, lodging, registration, and other associated conference or research expenses. Other sources of funding are also considered.
- Duration: Travel grants are not renewable but recipients are eligible to reapply.
- Deadlines: The Travel Grant selection process is ongoing. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the travel date. No application will be considered for funding retroactively.
- Grants open to seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, economics, or 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 contribute to the advancement of a free and virtuous society.
- Awards are open to all qualified persons irrespective of age, race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability.
A completed travel grant application form includes the following information:
- Stated purpose of travel
- Abstract of paper/research (if applicable)
- Description of how one’s conference paper, research travel, or conference attendance is connected to themes promoted by the Acton Institute
- Disclosure of educational history
- Two academic references
- Estimated conference expenses:
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