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Visiting Scholars
The purpose of this Visiting Scholar program is to bring scholars from other institutions to share with the academic community at Boston College the fruits and the challenges of their own research. Resources will be made available to those academic units (e.g. departments) within Boston College, individually or in groups, that wish to make use of this program. Visiting Scholars will normally meet with faculty and students and also be available for some public appearances during their time at Boston College. Grants of several hundred to several thousand dollars, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the Scholar's visit, will be made available. Any academic unit at Boston College, either individually or in consort with other units, may apply.

Visiting Jesuit Lecturers
In cooperation with both the Jesuit Community at Boston College and various departments of the University, the Jesuit Institute brings Jesuit scholars to Boston College for a brief time. Each Visiting Jesuit Lecturer normally gives one or more public lectures and is also available to faculty and students for seminars, colloquia, and other forms of conversation as seem appropriate to the nominating academic body. The general goals and criteria established for the Institute's Visiting Scholar program are also applicable here. Any Jesuit scholar whose research is judged of significant interest to members of the Boston College academic community is eligible. The amount available for any one nomination will vary according to expenses.

Academic Retreats
The program of Academic Retreats supplies resources to the various academic communities of Boston College that wish to reflect on the religious dimensions of their own discipline. Funding will be provided to support a one- or two-day retreat for any academic unit in the university choosing to participate in the program. Every academic department or unit in each of the colleges and professional schools is eligible to apply for funding for such an academic retreat.

Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars
Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminars are constituted by members of the Boston College Faculty, and they meet each month to discuss issues that repay collaborative inquiry. Each seminar numbers about twelve members. The religious commitments of Boston College draw attention to any number of important human issues that encourage exploration from a variety of academic disciplines. These seminars range in their subjects from technology and community to science, religion, and the arts. In and through these seminars, the Institute fosters the continual interdisciplinary interchange and cooperation that should characterize a university community. According to their own interests, faculty are encouraged to suggest the formation of such a seminar, to gather a set of participants, and to request support from the Institute.

For Brochures and Application forms, contact:
The Jesuit Institute at Boston College,
Faber House
102 College Road,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
or e-mail:


Travel Grants to the Jesuitana Collection in the Burns Library, Boston College
Awards up to $1,000 for North American scholars and $1,500 for scholars residing outside the USA /Canada / Mexico will be awarded for travel to Boston College’s Burns Library of rare books. Grants are available for research in any field of the humanities making use of the Jesuitana Collection, with preference given to scholars specializing in the Early Modern period.1 The purpose is to encourage increased use of this remarkable collection of books and materials associated with the pre-Suppression Society of Jesus (1540-1773) , and to make these materials better known to a wider circle of scholars. Preference will be given to scholars who reside outside a seventy-five-mile radius of Boston. The award may be taken up at any time during the year.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.
Established Date: 05/1/2004
Review Date: November 15 and May 15 each year. Members of the Jesuit Institute Advisory Board (composed of Boston College faculty members) will review the applications.

Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution: Any/No Restrictions
Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Institutions (including U.S. Territories)
Applicant Type(s): Graduate student; Postdoctoral
Funding Limit: $5000 per annum

To increase the use and visibility of the Jesuitana Collection at the Burns Library, Boston College.

Applicants must have the Ph.D., or have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation, or otherwise be able to demonstrate a record of solid intellectual accomplishment.

Awards are up to $1,000 each. Additional funds of $500 are available for those traveling from outside North America.

Please send a letter of application to the Director of the Jesuit Institute, describing the proposed project.  Included in the letter should be the names and addresses (preferably e-mail) of two referees for the applicant who can attest to the scholarship of the applicant.

The applicant before applying should contact Mr. David Richtmyer (preferably by e-mail Senior Cataloguer and Rare Books Librarian, to discuss the feasibility of the proposal visa vis our particular collection.


Contact Address for Travel Grant:
T. Frank Kennedy, SJ  Director
The Jesuit Institute at Boston College
102 College Road
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
or e-mail:

Tel: 617-552-8290
Fax: 617-552-0925