Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants

Mother Guerin

The Cushwa Center has established the Mother Theodore M. Guerin Research Travel Grant Program to support scholars who seek to move Catholic women to the forefront of historical narratives.

This program memorializes the historic connection between Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College and the University of Notre Dame. The grants are named for Saint Mother Theodore Guerin, a French missionary to Indiana who established the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, just north of Terre Haute, in 1840. 

Grants of up to $1,500 will be made to researchers in any academic discipline whose projects seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in stories of the past. Funds will defray travel and lodging expenses for scholars visiting any research repository in or outside the United States or conducting oral interviews, especially of women religious, for purposes of historical, sociological, theological, and peace studies research.


Application Procedures

Please submit an application form with the following documents attached:

  1. current curriculum vitae;
  2. 1,000-word project description including a research plan detailing any research repositories or oral history subjects you plan to visit and any advance contact you have made with relevant archivists or others;
  3. proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.

Applications must be submitted with required materials by December 31, 2020.



Applicants will be notified by early March.


Grant recipients will be asked to:

1. participate in an interview about their project and/or provide the center with a short report on the results of their research;
2. acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;
3. notify the Cushwa Center of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.


Access the Application Form Here