Fellowships & Grants

Collegium Grants

Grants of up to $2500 for projects that extend Collegium's mission on member campuses!

In 2019 Collegium will fund two grants of up to $2500 each for projects that advance Collegium's mission on those campuses and in broader forums. The grants can fund course development, scholarship, and workshops that advance Catholic intellectual life and bring it into dialogue with other ways of knowing.  Collegium alumni/ae at Collegium member institutions are eligible to apply for the grants, and other faculty may be included in proposals as co-applicants.

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2019.

We are extremely excited about this opportunity to advance Collegium's work, and to support and enable great work from our alumni/ae.

The following fellowship and grant opportunities in religion and intellectual life are for advanced graduate students, junior and senior faculty, and independent scholars. We welcome information on other such funding opportunities. Please contact us with any fellowship or grant announcements you would like to see appear here.


Over the past several years, the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have offered Global Solidarity Grants of up to $3,000 to ACCU member institutions to facilitate creative projects that advance Catholic mission through global solidarity. The selected projects are innovative and high-impact, combining prayer, spiritual development, and the examination of values with educational objectives.

Appropriate projects will draw on the programs and resources of CRS University Engagement. Projects that promote collaboration across campus (i.e., between academic and student life areas), reach a significant portion of the campus population, incorporate advocacy and have a digital and traditional media dimension are highly regarded. Projects must involve students in a significant way but must have a faculty or staff sponsor. Two types of grants are awarded:


Each year, ACCU offers a maximum of five Small Research Grants to facilitate research projects that advance understanding of Catholic higher education in the United States. Projects that provide new information or develop data-gathering tools or methodologies regarding the assessment of Catholic mission and identity are especially welcome. Read descriptions of projects awarded 2017 Small Research Grants.

As projects are completed, researchers are asked to prepare an article for Update, a white paper for the ACCU website, or a research paper to be submitted to the Journal of Catholic Higher Education.

Grants for individual projects may range up to $2,500. The money will be used toward any legitimate research expense and may be combined with grants from the researcher’s home campus. Student projects (seminar papers, thesis, dissertations) conducted primarily to fulfill requirements of a class or a degree program are not eligible. Applicants must be employed as faculty or staff at an ACCU member institution. Priority will be given to those who have not received an ACCU small research grant in the past.


Founded in 1990, the Louisville Institute is a Lilly Endowment-funded program at the Louisville Seminary supporting those who lead and study American religious institutions. The Louisville Insitute seeks to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the strengthening of their institutions, by bringing together pastors and academics so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the work of the other. The Louisville Institute offers six grant programs:

  • The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars — Deadline: January 15
  • The Dissertation Fellowship Program — Deadline: February 1
  • Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders — Deadline: September 1
  • Pastoral Study Project — Deadline: August 15
  • Project Grant for Researchers — Deadline: October 1
  • Sabbatical Grant for Researchers — Deadline: November 1

For more information, visit www.louisville-institute.org.

Administered by the CENTER FOR CONTEMPLATIVE MIND IN SOCIETY, the Contemplative Practice Fellowship Program is made possible by funding from the Fetzer Institute and seeks to restore and renew the critical contribution that contemplative practices can make to the life of teaching and scholarship. The fellowships support individual or collaborative research leading to the development of courses and teaching materials that integrate contemplative practices into courses. Regular full-time faculty members at accredited academic institutions in the United States and Canada are eligible to apply for these fellowships. There are no citizenship restrictions. The maximum award is $10,000.

THE ASSOCIATION FOR RELIGION AND INTELLECTUAL LIFE (ARIL) sponsors annual research colloquiums in July for scholars from in and out of the academy to engage in individual research in the context of a common life that is interreligious and interdisciplinary. The Colloquium is residential and provides Fellows with room and board and the use of facilities at Columbia University. The application deadline in is March.

THE ASSOCIATION OF THEOLOGICAL SCHOOLS administers several grant programs ranging from faculty fellowships for major research projects that demonstrate significance for theological education and applicability to the life of faith communities and contemporary society to small grants for faculty who require funding for travel to special collections, gathering or processing data, specialized software, or similar direct expenses. Applicants for all grants must be full-time faculty at ATS accredited and candidate schools. Deadlines are in early January.

CHARLOTTE W. NEWCOMBE DOCTORAL DISSERTATION FELLOWSHIPS encourage the study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Fellows receive $15,000 for 12 months of full-time dissertation writing. Graduate schools will be asked to waive tuition for Newcombe Fellows. Application deadlines are in November and December.

THE CUSHWA CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF AMERICAN CATHOLICISM offers dissertation awards, research awards for the study of the Irish experience in America, and research travel grants for work in the archives and libraries of the University of Notre Dame. Application deadlines are in February and December.

THE LILLY FELLOWS PROGRAM IN HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS offers two-year postdoctoral fellowships for teacher-scholars interested in the relationship between Christianity and the academic vocation and in pursuing careers at church-related colleges or universities. The application deadline is in January.

THE PEW PROGRAM IN RELIGION AND AMERICAN HISTORY at Yale University administers a fellowship competition for historians entering the college and university teaching profession whose scholarship stresses interrelationships between religion and American history in any era and region from 1600 to 1980. Ph.D. Dissertation Summer Fellowships of $5,000, Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowships up to $17,000 and Faculty Fellowships of $37,000 are available. Fellows will attend a conference at Yale but are not required to reside at Yale during their fellowship term. The application deadline is in October. For information and applications, write:

Pew Program in Religion and American History
Yale University
P.O. Box 208287 (320 Temple St.)
New Haven, CT 06520-8287
E-mail: pew_yale@quickmail.yale.edu