Research Fellowships

Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture

Call for Proposals

Due November 15, 2023

ICTC invites you to apply for the 2024-2025 ICTC Faculty Research Summer Fellowships. We will be accepting applications for the Summer Faculty Research Fellowship to fund projects that advance the University’s Jesuit Catholic Mission through faculty research or teaching. Please note that we have moved the application period for Course Development Grants to the spring.

  1. Summer Faculty Research Fellowships (up to $7,100). These fellowships encourage the exploration of a rich Catholic intellectual tradition that has made contributions in the humanities, literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, social movements, and ethics across disciplines. Applications that focus on recent areas of exploration by the ICTC are especially encouraged, such as reconciliation; migration and displacement; integral ecology and environmental justice; Catholic imagination and the arts; racial justice and inclusion; and economical justice. Through these fellowships, you are able to travel for research purposes, to visit archives, engage ethnographic work and have time to write. Fellows are encouraged to attend a one-day intensive summer workshop on the Catholic intellectual tradition, additional stipend provided. Applicants seeking to be published will be prioritized.

Past recipients and their representative projects include:

  • "Visual Culture and Catholicism,” Kirsten Thompson, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences (course development);
  • "Christian and Muslim Political Thought,” Maria Tedesco, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences (course development);
  • "Global Perspectives on Mental Health,” Anne Farina, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences (course development);
  • "On the Edges of Catholic Consciousness: Eastern Catholic in the United States,” Jaisy Joseph, PhD, College of Arts & Sciences (research);
  • "Black Catholic Educators on Teaching for Justice: Reflections on Identity, Wholeness, and Reconciliation," Charisse Cowan Pitre, PhD, College of Education (research);
  • "Challenges to Thriving for the Marshallese Community in Washington State," Robin Narruhn, PhD, MN, RN, College of Nursing (research).

I am available to meet with anyone who has questions, please email me at

Proposals will be reviewed by November 15, 2023. Submissions should be made to

Thank you,

Jeanette Rodriguez, Ph.D., 

Executive 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.

Application Materials: Research Fellowship