Fellowships & Grants

Collegium Catalyst Grants

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

In 2020 Collegium will fund two “catalyst” 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. 

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

Deadline for applications is March 15, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty committee appointed by the Director of Collegium.  Applications and questions should be emailed to Collegium@holycross.edu. Awards will be announced by April 17, 2020. The grants will be awarded for a twelve month period beginning July 1, 2020, with a possible award period extension of an additional six months. At the close of the grant period, awardees will be responsible for submitting a report on the disbursal of funds and a two to three page narrative report which will be suitable for publication in Collegium News and the ACCU Update.

Applications should include:

1. Cover Sheet - listing title of project, primary contact person (s) and contact information, amount requested, and a 100 word abstract. The cover sheet must be signed by all applicants.  It should also include the name and contact information of the sponsoring institution's grant officer and his or her signature approving the grant request. 

2. Narrative (in three parts) -

An Introduction, in which the applicant(s) presents the educational and intellectual rationale behind the proposal, identifies its intended audience, and indicates how it builds on Collegium's work.
b) A Project Plan, in which the applicant or group of applicants details the manner by which the proposal’s goals will be met, and identifies the specific resources and plan needed to accomplish that.
c) Qualifications of applicants to carry out the project, and qualifications of other persons to be brought in to help with the project.

It is essential that the Narrative be clear, complete, and free from jargon. Depending on the nature and scope of the project, the Committee expects that the Narrative will be two to five double-spaced typed pages in length.

3. Budget - should contain an itemized list of proposed expenditures, such as stipend, travel, reference and teaching materials, fees, etc. These should be presented in the form of confirmed costs or documented cost estimates. In cases where participants request a stipend, such stipend may only be paid when the payee is off-contract (e.g., faculty on nine month contracts may only be paid stipends for work done during the three summer months off-contract). Stipends shall be limited to $125 per day for participants from the applicants' institution.  Honoraria for speakers may be proposed at a rate that seems appropriate for the speaker. Support from other sources should also be listed if a project's total cost exceeds $2500. Given the small size of the grants, the grantee institution must be willing to manage the grant without charging overhead.

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.


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 four grant programs:

  • The First Book Grant Program for Minority Scholars — Deadline: January 15
  • Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders — Deadline: September 1
  • Pastoral Study Project — Deadline: August 15
  • Project Grant for Researchers — Deadline: October 1
  • For more information, visit www.louisville-institute.org.

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