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 six 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:
- Room and Board
- Registration Fees
- Other expenses directly related to the conference/research
- Disclosure of additional sources of funding
- Award Communication: All award decisions are communicated via e-mail. If you do not read your e-mail regularly, please clearly indicate this on your application.
- Application Submission: No faxed or mailed entries will be accepted. The online application should be in English.
- Limited Funding: Since this is a competition in which many worthy applicants participate, no one should presume funding. We attempt to be as generous as possible in making awards, but also must convey that funds are limited and demand is high.
- Supplemental Funding: The Calihan travel grants are designed to be supplemental in nature. As such, when planning your travel, we encourage applicants to secure multiple sources of funding.
- Visa Application (if applicable): Applying for or receiving a grant does not guarantee that you will be provided with a travel visa. Nor should a scholarship notification be used as a substitute for a visa for entry into another country. You may, however, use a grant letter as a supporting reference in applying for the appropriate visa from the relevant consulate or embassy.
- Award Selectivity: Scholarships are typically not extended to those students who are not future religious leaders or scholars, or whose work is not connected to the mission of the Acton Institute. Those students whose work is closely tied to that of the Acton Institute have a greater likelihood of receiving a fellowship.
- Performance Assessment: Like the vast majority of universities, scholarship programs, and research institutes, the Acton Institute does not enter into discussions with unsuccessful applicants concerning the particular reasons for their denial.
If an applicant is chosen to receive a fellowship, he or she must comply with the following conditions:
- Report Due: Submit a 1-2 page report documenting the activities, research, and results of your travel. The report should include comments for the scholarship's donors about how the grant influenced you, your education, and your career.
- Funds Use: These funds are to be used for the research or travel purposes indicated on your application. If you are not able to use these funds for the stated purpose(s), all of the grant money must be returned.
- Acknowledgement: Any published work drawn out of the research conducted during your travel must be submitted and given by-line acknowledgement to the Acton Institute and the Calihan Fellowships.
- Publicity: The Acton Institute may publicize a recipient’s travel grant and has permission to identify a recipient as a Calihan Fellow.
- Tax Compliance: Recipients who are United States citizens must submit a W-9 tax form.
All qualified individuals will be considered for the Calihan Travel Grant Program, without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and are not subject to appeal.