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What is the Acton Institute doing to support promising young scholars?

An important part of the work of the Acton Institute is promoting the scholarship of tomorrow. Aside from offering conferences, seminars, and publication, the Acton Institute promotes scholarship monetarily. The Calihan Academic Fellowships, Research Fellowships, and Travel Grants provide monetary assistance to students of special potential, encouraging them to explore the intersection of religious principles with human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, and religious and economic liberty.

Following are some examples of our Calihan recipients and their work:


Rachel Patterson

Rachel Patterson—an Australian lawyer and a master's student at Columbia Law School—spent the summer of 2006 writing a textbook on Australian family law to be published by Cambridge University Press. Ms. Patterson is a TFAVS alumna and received honorable mention in the 2005 Acton Essay contest.

Marek Tracz-Tryniecki—a doctoral student in legal and political thought at the University of Maria Curie-Sktodowska—will be writing his doctoral dissertation on the thought of Tocqueville in light of Catholic social teaching. Mr. Tracz-Tryniecki was a finalist in the Acton Essay contest.

Matthew Wright—a doctoral student in public law and political theory at the University of Texas at Austin—will be working with Professor Robert George at Princeton as a student research collaborator. His research topic will be “the new natural law.” Mr. Wright was a participant in the 2006 Acton University and received an honorable mention in the 2001 Acton Essay contest.

By helping young scholars from around the world pursue their academic vocations, the Acton Insti-tute multiplies its own work and ensures the pursuit of freedom and virtue in academia for years to come.

Kris Alan Mauren
Executive Director