The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual grants and awards. In 2023, the center is providing funding to 26 scholars engaged in a variety of research projects. Funds will support research at the University of Notre Dame Archives and at other archives in a number of U.S. cities—including Boston, Chicago, New York, San Antonio, and Washington, D.C.—as well as Limerick, Ireland; Llandudno, Wales; Paris, France; and Rome, Italy.
The next application deadline for all five of Cushwa's research funding programs is December 31, 2023.
Cyprian Davis, O.S.B., Prize
Established in 2020 in partnership with the American Catholic Historical Association, this prize recognizes outstanding research on the Black Catholic experience.
Danielle Terrazas Williams
University of Leeds
“Imagining Catholic Empires: Slavery, Freedom, and the Jesuits in Colonial Mexico”
Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants
This program supports scholars whose research projects seek to feature Catholic women more prominently in modern history. Grants are made to scholars seeking to visit any repository in or outside the United States, or traveling to conduct oral history interviews, especially of women religious.
Dublin City University
“‘Winning Souls for God’: The Representation of Women Religious in the Nigerian Catholic Herald, 1924–1952”
Queen’s University Belfast
“Irish women, religion, and public belonging in the city”
“Pauline Books and Media”
Washington State University
“Saintly Protest: Women Religious, Religious Women, and the United Farm Workers Movement”
Lehman College, City University of New York
“Out of the Ashes: How Neighbors Defied a Death Sentence and Rebuilt the Bronx”
“‘The Science of Right Living’: Euthenics in Child Welfare Reform 1900–1930”
University of Oxford
“An oral history of Women Religious in conflict zones around the world”
Penn State University
“Unorthodox Flesh: Gender, Religious Convulsions, and Charismatic Knowledge in Early Modern France”
Hibernian Research Awards
Funded by an endowment from the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Hibernian Research Awards support the scholarly study of Irish and Irish American history.
Maynooth University / Queen's University Belfast
“‘Ghosts’: The Women Who Spoke for Ireland”
“Kennedy’s Cardinal: Richard Cushing and the Age of Catholic Optimism”
“Women and Children First: Urban Violence, Refugee Crises, and the Troubles’ Diaspora, 1969–1974”
Peter R. D’Agostino Research Travel Grants
Offered in conjunction with Italian Studies at Notre Dame and designed to facilitate the study of the American past from an international perspective, these grants support research in Roman archives for projects on U.S. Catholic history.
Trinity College Dublin
“Superpower Charity: The History of Catholic Relief Services, 1943–1958”
Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica
“Msgr. Martin T. Gilligan’s Diplomatic Mission to China (1946–1953): New Archival Evidence from the Vatican”
Research Travel Grants
Research Travel Grants assist scholars who wish to visit the University Archives and other collections at Notre Dame for research relating to the study of Catholics in America.
“Prophet of Healing: The Life of Francis MacNutt”
University of Connecticut
“Two by Two: Catholic Women, Forgotten Missions, and Native Communities in the East and Midwest, 1830–1918”
Ave Maria University
“Respublica et Res Domestica Litterarum: The Correspondence between Francis Patrick Kenrick and his brother Peter Richard Kenrick”
Mount St. Mary's Seminary and School of Theology
“Race, Region, and Reconciliation: Archbishop William Henry Elder”
University of Dayton
“The Black Catholic Movement and the Fight for the Local Church”
Université Paris, Panthéon-Sorbonne
“Connections Notre Dame – Paris”
Université des Antilles
“The National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and the establishment of the Black Catholic History Month”
“Tantur: Fostering an Ecumenical Church in an Age of Division”
“The Discovery of the Sacred in Interwar France: From Contestation to Cooperation, 1919–1941”
St. Cyril and Methodius University, North Macedonia
“Raymond Larsson, Catholic Modernist Poet”
University of Milan
“The Catholic Battle Against Sexualized Film: A Comparison Between Italy and the United States”
University at Buffalo, SUNY
“Culture Warriors Abroad: A Global History of the American Culture Wars”
This announcement appears in the Spring 2023 issue of the American Catholic Studies Newsletter.