The Franciscan Institute is a center for promoting the study of Franciscan sources, history and theology. The Institute focuses on a critical study of the origin and early development of the Franciscan movement. It also furthers an understanding of the continuing development of the Franciscan movement and its significance as a vital force in the contemporary Church and world. The Franciscan Institute exists to serve the scholarly and educational needs of the Franciscan family and the wider community.
To foster partnerships in its research agenda, the Franciscan Institute will offer three research grants of $5,000.00 each during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Priority will be given to those projects that further the particular research agenda identified for a series of symposia/workshops to take place during the summers of 2015 – 2017 in conjunction with the Feast of St. Bonaventure (July 15). The focuses of these gatherings will be:
2015: The Work of Peter of John Olivi, particularly his economic thought
2016: Identity, Innovation and Women in Medieval Religious Communities
2017: Cultural and Religious Dynamics in the Work of St. Bonaventure
Further information about the research topics and the summer symposia may be found on the Institute’s website: www.sbu.edu/franciscaninstitute. Awardees are encouraged to travel to St. Bonaventure University for a research period coinciding with the summer symposium.
Research projects should end in a concrete product that furthers the understanding of these topics, most typically a publication or dissertation. Franciscan Institute Publications reserves the right of first refusal on any manuscripts produced under the auspices of the research grant.
Applications are due by October 15, 2014. Awardees will be notified no later than December 1, 2014. Reports of accomplishments to date will be due no later than May 31, 2015.
Inquiries regarding the grants should be directed to Fr. David Couturier, OFM.Cap. at firstname.lastname@example.org 716-375-2160.
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