Jesuit Mission Grants

The nation’s oldest Catholic and Jesuit university, Georgetown stands in a nearly 500-year-old educational tradition inspired by Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.  A number of characteristics and values rooted in this Jesuit tradition are central to the mission of our University and help to shape our campus culture, our approaches and aims in teaching and learning, and our research. For more information about these values, see the following:

The aim of the Jesuit Mission Grants is to encourage faculty projects that support Georgetown’s mission as a Jesuit university. The grants are intended to support projects related to (1) faculty research, (2) course development, and (3) scholarly programs with themes related to the Jesuit tradition of education and scholarship and with intended impact on our campus and beyond, including our local community and other Jesuit educational enterprises.

PURPOSES: Jesuit Mission Grants are intended to provide support for two consecutive months of work on a research project or the development of a course, or to contribute, fully or partially, to the costs of preparing and executing a scholarly program, such as a conference, seminar, or presentation.  Applications are welcome that meet one or more of these objectives.

One Summer Research Award of up to $10,000 will be distributed as the recipient chooses with a portion (0-100%) as stipend, which would be processed as summer salary (taxable income), through the monthly Payroll process, and a portion (0-100%) as research support to be deposited into a discretionary research account.   For example, a faculty member might request $7000 in stipend and $3000 in research support. Once the budget is submitted, the faculty member cannot allocate more to stipend, but can allocate a higher proportion to research.

Educational and Scholarly Development Award: Up to $5000 will also be available for proposals designed to support course development or scholarly program development.  Applicants can apply for both the Summer Research Award and the Educational and Scholarly Development Award but would not be awarded both.  These funds would be deposited into a discretionary research account or departmental account.

Conference support is allowable only when it furthers the goals of the Summer Research Award or the Educational and Scholarly Development Award.

Faculty recipients will be expected to coordinate with the Office of Mission and Ministry a way of familiarizing the campus community with the product of their funded research.

ELIGIBILITY: Full-time faculty, including tenure-line and non-tenure line faculty, are eligible.

AWARD COMMITTEE: Applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty and staff.  Applicants should be mindful that proposals will be evaluated by non-specialists. Technical and discipline-specific terms should be defined.

CRITERIA: We invite proposals from faculty members in any discipline who are working on questions, courses, or programs relating to the Jesuit education, Jesuit history, Jesuit spirituality, Catholic social justice teaching, or scholarship in related fields.  Proposals that bridge disciplines or units will receive priority. Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Importance of the proposed project:  How does the project relate to the Jesuit tradition or identity of the University? How significant are the particular topics, issues, and problems being worked on?  How original is the project, compared with the existing scholarship, current course offerings, or current identity programming? Statements of purpose should include direct explanation of the project’s significance for Georgetown and beyond (including the wider community and other Jesuit educational and scholarly enterprises).
  • Clarity and coherence of the project description:  How clear is the proposed research, course, or program in all its aspects—including the timeline and tasks that need to be done in order to successfully complete the project?  How will the success of the project be measured?
    • If it is a research project, is the overall strategy and methodology for the project discussed?  Where is it anticipated that the work be submitted for publication? What is the quality of the expected publication?
    • If it is a course development project, are the course level, class size, course description and objectives, and the positive impact of this particular course (relative to existing course offerings) specified?  When will the course be offered, and has preliminary approval been given by the relevant department and/or program chair(s)?  Is an interdisciplinary approach possible?
    • If it is a program, are the prospective participants and a sound budget specified?  When will the proposed program be offered, and have any other units pledged support?  Will the program be aimed at those who are already familiar with Jesuit tradition or is it an introductory program?
  • Jesuit Tradition and Identity:  How does the substance of the research, course, or program relate to the fundamental educational and scholarly principles derived from Jesuit education, Jesuit history, Jesuit spirituality, Catholic social justice teaching, or scholarship in related fields? Is the description specific about which element(s) of the Catholic and Jesuit tradition are to be the focus of the project? Projects are favored that focus on the distinctively Jesuit values and approaches (e.g., ideals such as cura personalis or women and men for others, faith and justice, various aspects of Ignatian spirituality, dimensions of Jesuit history) within the Catholic tradition of education. For more information about the tradition, see:
  • Scholar/Investigator or Teacher: What are the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed research, teaching, or program, and how does the project contribute to his/her professional development in the Jesuit tradition? What contributions has the applicant made, directly or indirectly, to the Jesuit and Catholic mission and identity of the community? What results can be anticipated from this project in light of the applicant’s earlier work?

APPLICATION MATERIALS:  The following will comprise the proposal application with each component uploaded in PDF format.  Any other materials submitted will not be accepted.  Use of a 12-point legible font, 1-inch margins all around, and page numbers required.  Any deviation from required formatting and word limits will render the application ineligible for review.

  • Abstract: summary of the proposed study, course, or program (150-word maximum).
  • Project Description:  proposal of what applicant intends to accomplish over the grant period, addressing specific questions listed under each of the four criteria above (1500-word maximum, excluding bibliography).
  • Grant Payment: total amount requested and how it is to be paid (summer stipend or discretionary research account, include GMS cost-center information).
  • Curriculum Vitae:  in outline form and ordered in the following sequence – education, history of employment, publications or exhibitions, professional presentations, courses taught, and fellowships or grants received. Limit to 3 pages.

Questions regarding Jesuit Mission Grants should be directed to the Vice President for Mission and Ministry at

DEADLINE: The full proposal package is due by Friday, November 2, 2018.

SUBMISSION: All materials should be submitted electronically to EMAIL to the above address.