Peter R. D'Agostino Research Travel Grant



The Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grant is offered in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame. Designed to facilitate the study of the American past from an international perspective, this competitive, annual award of $5,000 supports research in Roman archives for a significant publication project on U.S. Catholic history.

The award is offered in honor of the late Peter D’Agostino, a friend and colleague to many, author of the award-winning book Rome in America: Transnational Catholic Ideology from the Risorgimento to Fascism (UNC, 2004), and a tireless promoter of the need for transatlantic research in American Catholic studies. Selection criteria for the award are the potential of the publication to advance studies of U.S. Catholic history and the articulation of a detailed plan to enhance the project through research in specific Vatican and/or other Roman archives.


Application Procedures

Please submit the following documents via email to

  1. completed application form, (downloadable here); 

  2. a current curriculum vitae, including a representative list of your publications;

  3. brief description (limit: 1,000 words) of your research project, including a list of collections you plan to visit in Roman or Vatican archives, their particular salience to your research, and your plans for publication.

Recommenders should submit letters directly to the Cushwa Center. Signed and scanned PDF copies may be submitted to Alternatively, recommendation letters and other application materials may be mailed to:

Cushwa Center
407 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than December 31.


Applicants will be notified in March.


Grant recipients will be asked to:

1) supply the center with a short report on the results of their research;
2) acknowledge the grant provided by the center in all publications which result from this research;
3) provide the center with one copy of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.

Download the application form here