Acton Institute Names David Deavel of the University of St. Thomas the 2013 Novak Award Winner
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 1, 2013 – Although he has only recently obtained his doctorate, David Paul Deavel’s work is already marking him as one of the leading American scholars researching questions of religion and liberty. In recognition of his early promise, the academic staff at the Acton Institute has named Deavel the recipient of the 2013 Novak Award.
Deavel is an associate editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and a contributing editor for Gilbert Magazine. He is also currently a Fellow of the Center for Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas (Minn.), where he teaches courses in the Department of Catholic Studies and the St. Paul Seminary. Read more... 
- Nominations: Professors, university faculty members, and other scholars may nominate qualified individuals for the Novak Award by completing the online nomination form. 
- Selection Process: Those scholars nominated for the Novak Award will be contacted via email and asked to submit an application. Shortly after the application deadline, applications are reviewed and finalists are selected. The Novak Award recipient will be selected by the Acton Institute research staff and an independent panel of relevant scholars. Award decisions by the Acton Institute are final and not subject to appeal.
Deadlines: The nomination and application deadlines are the following:
2014 Novak Award
Nomination Deadline: November 15, 2013 Application Deadline: December 15, 2013 Announcement: January 2014
A completed application consists of:
- A signed application form [PDF] . (must be completed in English.)
- A Curriculum vitae.
- A 500-word 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 and principles listed above. Include how you expect to contribute to a better understanding or application of these ideas.
- A research paper, refereed published article, or other scholarly work, such as a book, monograph, or a conference paper, on a theme relevant to religion and economic liberty or a related theme.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors or other established scholars in your field.
Mail the completed application materials to:
Awards and Scholarships
98 East Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 USA
- 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 E-mailed entries will be accepted. All application materials should be submitted in the same package and be written in English.
- 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.
- Scholars who have received a doctorate from an accredited domestic or international program in the previous five calendar years. Current doctoral candidates in the process of completing their dissertations are also eligible.
- Nominees also must be studying theology, religion, economics, philosophy, business, or a related field.
- Strong academic performance is essential.
- Nominees must have a demonstrated interest in the relationship between religion, economic liberty, and the free and virtuous society. Important principles in this relationship include the recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.
- Nominees must display the potential to contribute to the advancement of a free and virtuous society.
- The Novak Award is open to all qualified persons irrespective of race, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability.
- Calihan Lecture: The recipient of the Novak Award will present his or her research in a public forum known as the Calihan Lecture.
- Expenses: Travel expenses for the recipient to and from the Calihan Lecture will be provided in addition to the $10,000 award.
- Acknowledgement: Any published work drawn out of the award must also be granted by-line acknowledgment to the Novak Award and the Acton Institute.
- Publicity: The Acton Institute may publicize the award and has permission to identify a recipient as a Novak Award recipient.
- Tax Compliance: Recipients who are United States citizens must submit a W-9 tax form.
All qualified individuals will be considered for the Novak Award without regard to race, sex, national or ethnic origin, citizenship, religious affiliation, or disability. Award decisions are final and are not subject to appeal.