Research Fellowships

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Call for Proposals

Due Nov. 13, 2018

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture (ICTC) offers a great opportunity for advancing your teaching and scholarship.

ICTC you to apply for the 2018-2019 ICTC Faculty Development Fellowships. We will be accepting applications for the Faculty Research Fellowship and the Summer Course Development Fellowship to fund projects that advance the university’s Jesuit Catholic Mission through faculty research or teaching.

These fellowships encourage the exploration of a rich intellectual tradition that has made contributions to literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, social movements and social teachings. Applications that focus on recent areas of exploration by the ICTC are especially encouraged, such as migration and displacement; integral ecology; imagination and the arts; racial justice and inclusion; the crisis in the Catholic Church because of the sexual abuse by clergy; and interreligious dialogue.

 Examples of past recipients and their representative projects include:

“Teaching Comparative Mysticism: Christian Spirituality and Sufism,” Ali Mian, Ph.D., Theology and Religious Studies, College of Arts & Sciences (course development);

“HIV/AIDS: Cura Personalis and the Catholic Spirit,” Patrick Murphy, Ph.D., College of Nursing (course development);

“Laudato Si’ and Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness,” Jason Wirth, Ph.D., College of Arts and Sciences (research);

“Individual Tax Provisions and Income Inequality from a Catholic Social Thought Lens,” Valentina Zamora, Ph.D., Albers School of Business and Economics (research);

"Sustaining the Call to Social Justice Thought,” Amelia Derr, Ph.D., Social Work, College of Arts & Sciences (research).

Through these fellowships, faculty are able to travel for research purposes, to study archives, to work with communities or to take the needed time to focus more fully on research and course development. 

  1. Course Development Fellowships for Faculty ($3000). We now offer a year-long faculty development/mentorship program to a cohort of five that will include: a) a short, intensive summer workshop on the Catholic intellectual tradition; b) one meeting per quarter during the academic year, and c) if possible, a faculty colleague to function as mentor as the faculty members develop their course. Such a model will encourage faculty who are interested in engaging with the Catholic intellectual tradition but do not feel adequately prepared to do so. The stipend of $3000 will be offered in two parts:  one portion at the beginning of the program and the remainder once the course syllabus is submitted at the end of the academic year.
  2. Faculty Research Fellowships (up to $7100).  

Additional support is available for those doing collaborative research projects as funds permit.

For information on eligibility requirements, guidelines and required deliverables, see: Other queries can be directed to me at

Proposals will be reviewed by a seven-member faculty committee, chaired this year by Fr. Pat Howell, S.J., distinguished professor in the Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Other ICTC Grants Committee Members include:

Terri Clark
Jessica Imanaka
Eva Lasprogata
Erika Yamamura
Matthew Whitlock
Two others TBA

The deadline for submission is November 13, 2018. Submissions should be made to

We hope to be able to announce the awards early in the winter quarter.

Thank you,

Patrick J. Howell, S.J. Interim Director, Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture 

The Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture Faculty Research Grants provide financial support for faculty to undertake research in which they engage and expand the Catholic intellectual heritage. Through this grant, faculty are able to travel to research sites, to study archives, to work with communities or to take the needed time to focus more fully on research.

The program’s goals are to encourage and enable faculty to undertake research and intentionally and robustly engage Catholic thought and culture. Through sharing their scholarship with students, other faculty and the broader public, Seattle University faculty members provide opportunities for the community to learn about the influence of Catholicism in the development of thought and the history of cultures.





1. Create a cohort of faculty who will act as exemplars of civil discourse through respectful, critical, academic examination of important issues and who will contribute to an on-going dialogue within our campus community.

2. Practice the art of civil discourse in the face of highly contested social issues.

3. Encourage multidisciplinary critical research/scholarship that engages Catholic teaching and Catholic tradition in this area.

4. Deepen the knowledge and understanding of key issues related to the Catholic Church’s approach to the body and the contemporary challenges to this.

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