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.
Applications, review of applications and grants currently suspended due to uncertainty in the higher education sphere caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
Recipients must respond to an award notification within one month and adhere to the grant conditions listed below.
Travel Grants do not exceed USD$3,000, but typically range from USD$500-$1,000. 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.
Travel Grants are not renewable but all applicants are eligible to re-apply.
Submit a 1-2 page report documenting the activities, research, and results of your travel by the predetermined deadline. The report should include comments for the grant’s donors about how the grant influenced you, your education, and your career.
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 immediately returned.
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 Travel Grant program.
The Acton Institute may publicize a grantee’s award and has permission to identify him/her as a Calihan Travel Grant recipient.
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. Recipients must comply with any applicable tax regulations.
The online application should be completed in English. No faxed or mailed entries will be accepted.
Calihan Travel Grants are typically not extended to those students who are not scholars or future religious leaders, 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 Travel Grant.
Like the vast majority of universities, award programs, and research institutes, the Acton Institute does not enter into discussions with unsuccessful applicants concerning the particular reasons for their denial.
Visa Application (if applicable)
Applying for or receiving a grant does not guarantee that you will be provided with a travel visa. Nor should an award 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.
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.
Since this is a highly competitive program 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.