Hank Fellowships in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition

Hank Fellowships for Research in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition for Graduate Students

The Hank Center administers yearly fellowships for graduate students working on topics in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

Funded by a generous grant from Loyola University Chicago’s Jesuit Community, these awards support graduate students who have demonstrated superior academic achievement and offer promise as scholars, teachers, and authors who will contribute to the dynamic life of the Catholic intellectual tradition. The Hank Center selects the fellowship recipients and administers the awards.

The fellowships encourage and support graduate students in their exploration of the Catholic intellectual tradition in its many disciplinary and creative forms—in theology and philosophy, literature and the arts, natural and social sciences, social movements and culture, pedagogy and pastoral life. Several awards of $5,000 are available annually and may be used for expenses such as research-related travel, data work/collection, and supplies. These awards are by and large are meant to support the writing of doctoral dissertations, but a percentage of MFA work will be funded as well. Awards may not be used to pay tuition or academic fees. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Students should be enrolled in a U.S. graduate school doctoral or MFA program for academic year 2021-22.
  • All pre-dissertation requirements (or equivalent, for MFA) and general examinations must be completed before the start of the fellowship year.
  • Applicants must be writing on issues that focus prominently on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

The applicant will complete the online application including the following components:

  • Current curriculum vitae
  • A letter of interest that outlines the ways the applicant's work approaches and relates to the Catholic intellectual tradition (no more than 1500 words)
  • Dissertation or MFA prospectus (no more than 3500 words)

The following forms should be sent from the emailed (not from the applicant) to hankcenter@luc.edu:

  • A progress toward degree form signed by the director of graduate studies or an academic dean from the student’s graduate school or college
  • Official graduate transcripts
  • two confidential letters of recommendation, including one from the applicant’s dissertation advisor

Applications and supplemental materials are due by March 29, 2021 (note date change from March 15). Applications will be reviewed by committee, and applicants will be notified by May 1st, 2021.

Upon completion of the funding year, Fellows are required to write a short report disclosing how the award was utilized. In addition, Fellows will share completed dissertations or MFA projects upon their completion in order to build-out the Hank Fellowship/ Catholic Intellectual Tradition Archive.