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The Calihan Travel Grants provide financial assistance to graduate students and seminarians who have been selected to (1) present at or attend a conference relevant to themes promoted by the Acton Institute or (2) who wish to travel to engage in research relevant to themes promoted by the Acton Institute. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life. Grants are also open to graduate students and seminarians who need to travel to and perform research at archives, libraries, or educational conferences that involve the above themes.

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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.


  • Awards are open to current seminarians or graduate students in theology, philosophy, religion, history, law, politics, economics, or in 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.


  • Completed application form including 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 including: travel, room and board, registration fees, and other expenses directly related to the conference/research.

  • Disclosure of additional sources of funding.

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Follow the link below to apply for a Calihan Travel Grant. Email us at Grants-Awards with any questions.