New Hesburgh Research Travel Grant program is launched; open to scholars of any academic discipline

Author: Heather Gary

Father HesburghFather Hesburgh, C.S.C.

The Cushwa Center is pleased to announce the establishment of the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C., Research Travel Grant program, a three-year initiative created to support research projects that consider and incorporate the legacy of Father Hesburgh, former president of the University of Notre Dame.

This new funding opportunity is open to scholars of any academic discipline. The grant will help defray transportation and lodging costs for scholars traveling to the Notre Dame Archives to examine materials pertaining to Father Hesburgh. The deadline for the first round of awards is April 1, 2016, and grants will be awarded each April 1 and October 1 through 2018.

“The Cushwa Center has a longstanding tradition of providing financial support to scholars who are conducting research into the Catholic history of the United States,” said Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Center. “Through the creation of the Hesburgh Research Travel Grants, we are looking forward to making new connections with scholars of education, peace studies, political science, policy studies, theology, and other fields.

“Thanks to this new funding opportunity, Father Ted continues to act as a catalyst and a connector, drawing people from different disciplines and perspectives together to advance our understanding of the world.”

Father Hesburgh, who died last February at the age of 97, served as Notre Dame’s president from 1952 to 1987. Both during his time in office and afterward, he was an influential figure in American public life, civil and human rights, humanitarianism, international affairs, higher education administration, Catholicism, and Catholic intellectual life. His contributions in these arenas and beyond connect with a broad range of narratives in American social, religious, and political history, as well as ongoing discussions in public policy, philosophy of education, peace studies, and theology. The Archives of the University of Notre Dame house several collections of primary source material that document the full range of Hesburgh’s life and work.

Prospective applicants can visit for more information and application details.

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Cushwa Center grant programs

Notre Dame Archives: Researching the Life and Legacy of Father Hesburgh

University of Notre Dame’s Hesburgh page