Call for Papers: Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy Founder’s Prize

April 22, 2021

The Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy (SMRP) awards an annual prize of $500 for the best paper on Medieval or Renaissance philosophy by a younger scholar. Eligibility is restricted to graduate students and recent PhDs (within the last five years).  

The award recipient will be invited to present a paper at a SMRP session at conference of one’s choice in the year of the competition.  The recipient may apply for up to $500 to assist with travel expenses.  In recent years, SMRP has sponsored sessions at the annual meetings of the American Philosophical Association, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo), as well as at several other conferences.   

Submissions must be in English and limited to 9,000 words including footnotes.  The following types of paper may be submitted:  

- The text of a lecture delivered within the last year or to be delivered (though short, informal talks are not suitable)  

- Unpublished Essays  

- Articles or chapters submitted for publication or forthcoming but not yet in print.  

Entries should be submitted to Dr. Thomas Osborne at by June 1.  

In your email, please include your name, affiliation, title of your paper, contact information, and date of PhD.  The file you submit must be prepared for blind review (including the elimination of meta-data from the electronic file) and should include an abstract of not more than 200 words.  

Gloria Frost, PhD

Professor of Philosophy
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Assistant Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQ)
Office: John Roach Center #220

Justice in Thomistic Ethics: A Graduate Colloquium

February 1, 2021

Dominican House of Studies | Washington, D.C.

A graduate colloquium on Justice in Thomistic Ethics with Dr. Thomas Hibbs. The graduate colloquia are a new initiative of the TI intended to give a selection of emerging scholars from different PhD programs an opportunity to meet and work with other younger scholars that share their interests, and to benefit from the wisdom and formation of a senior scholar.

July 18 - July 24, 2021

About the Speaker:

Thomas Hibbs has been President of the University of Dallas since 2019. Previously, he served as distinguished Professor of Ethics & Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. He is the author of books including Virtue's Splendor: Wisdom, Prudence, and the Human Good and Shows About Nothing, one of two books of his about film. His two most recent books are Wagering on an Ironic God: Pascal on Faith and Philosophy and Laudato Si: Nihilism, Beauty, and God (forthcoming, University of Notre Dame Press). He also has written on film, culture, books and higher education in publications including Books and Culture, Christianity Today, First Things, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Students currently enrolled in PhD programs in relevant disciplines are welcome to apply.

Successful applicants will receive a full tuition scholarship and room and board for the duration of the conference.  A limited number of travel scholarships are also available for select students who do not have access to institutional funding for travel.

Please visit to apply.

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship

February 1, 2021

Washington, D.C.

The Civitas Dei Summer Fellowship is a project sponsored by the Institute for Human Ecology at the Catholic University of America and by the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies that offers competitive fellowships for graduate students (and a few talented, upper-level undergraduates), drawing from across fields in the sciences, humanities, and from law.

Accepted fellowship recipients attend a one week program in Washington, DC that offers courses and seminars given by distinguished scholars focusing on some aspect of Catholic thought in relation to culture and public life. This year’s theme is “Art, Meaning, and the Public Square,” and will take place from June 13-18, 2021.

2021 Featured Speakers:

Fr. Reginald Lynch, O.P. (Dominican House of Studies)

Dr. Thomas Hibbs (University of Dallas)

Prof. Philip Bess (University of Notre Dame)

Open to graduate students and advanced undergraduates in all disciplines. Successful applicants will receive travel funding as well as lodging for the extent of the fellowship and waived registration fee. Applications are accepted until March 31st.

Please visit to apply.

The 2021 Meeting of the American Maritain Association: Thomism and Freedom

January 15, 2021

The 2021 Conference will be held online March 19-20, 2021, using the Zoom platform. The theme is "Thomism and Freedom." An abbreviated schedule will be followed, featuring Plenary Addresses with an extended Question and Answer session available for participants. Details and updates for the conference can be found at the AMA website:

Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program

December 31, 2020

The Society of Christian Philosophers invites applications for its Graduate Student Cross-Training Fellowship Program, with fellowships to begin fall 2021. The GSCT Fellowship program is intended to equip graduate student members of the Society of Christian Philosophers, the American Catholic Philosophical Association, the Evangelical Philosophical Society, or the Evangelical Theological Society with an opportunity to take up to one academic year to develop competency in an empirical science connected with their research. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. Each Fellowship will provide recipients with a stipend of $31,000, plus an additional research fund for the applicant of $3,000. For more details and application instructions, please visit Funding is pending final approval from the John Templeton Foundation.

Teaching Catholic Thought In An Age of Scientism



Saturday, January 9, 2021 from 12 – 1:30 PM (EST). 

Zoom ID: 739 782 5292

Event Description: Philosophy professors today are familiar with the challenges of teaching students who believe that all questions (or all questions worth asking) can be or have been resolved by science. How can we effectively teach philosophy, including the rich Catholic Intellectual Tradition, in light of such challenges?

This seminar aims to share strategies and resources for teaching philosophy, both in the classroom and online, with an eye toward helping students think critically about their own scientistic prejudices.

This event will include a series of brief presentations, followed by group discussion. All participants are welcome to bring their own ideas and resources to the conversation.


The Honesty Project at Wake Forest University and Carnegie Mellon University

September 7, 2020

The Honesty Project at Wake Forest University and Carnegie Mellon University, funded by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation, is seeking proposals for its philosophy of honesty competition. We hope to inspire much further work on this relatively neglected virtue by focusing on five Big Questions:

  • What is the definition and value of honesty? What are the behavioral and motivational requirements for being honest or exceptionally so?
  • To what extent are people honest? How does this vary by culture?
  • What contextual and internal factors encourage honesty and shape its development in individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • What are the consequences of honesty and dishonesty for relationships, groups, organizations, and institutions?
  • Under what conditions is dishonesty justified, if any? What factors lead people to be receptive to or offended by honesty? 

Our $400,000 dollar philosophy of honesty competition allows for requests between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects lasting up to one year. The requests would be primarily for research leaves to write a book or series of articles. 

The website and press release are here:



Christian B. Miller, Ph.D.
A. C. Reid Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Director, The Honesty Project
Author, The Character Gap: How Good Are We?
On Twitter and Facebook @CharacterGap

ACPQ Rising Scholar Contest

July 26, 2020

The American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly (ACPQis pleased to announce its eighth annual Rising Scholar Essay Contest


Final Selection Committee 


Francis Beckwith 

Baylor University


John Haldane

 St Andrews University,

Baylor University


Sandra Menssen

University of St. Thomas (MN)


Any scholar who will not have attained the rank of associate professor by September 1, 2020 is invited to submit a paper that contributes to the development or elucidation of the Catholic philosophical tradition.

The award for the winning paper will be $3000 and a free one-year membership in the American Catholic Philosophical Association (ACPA). The winning essay will be published in the ACPQ and specially designated in the journal as winner of the contest. 

Select Contest Rules:

· Papers must be submitted electronically to no later than 5:00 pm (CDT) on September 1, 2020. Thecover letter field of the Details and Comments section should indicate the author’s academic rank as of September 1, 2020 (e.g., “Ph.D. candidate”)and that the submission is for the essay contest.

· Papers must be prepared for blind review and should be of the length, format, and style characteristic of ACPQ articles. Participants should consult a recent edition of the journal or the ACPQ “Article Submission Guidelines” at

· No author may enter more than one paper in the contest.

· Entering a paper in the contest constitutes agreement by all of the paper’s authors to its publication in the ACPQ should it be accepted for that purpose; such agreement is not contingent on the paper’s winning the contest. Papers entered in the contest must therefore not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.

· For complete contest rules, please consult

Inquiries may be directed to

Please consult the complete contest rules available at

Dr. Heidi M. Giebel
Professor, Department of Philosophy
Managing Editor, American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul MN 55105
651-962-5340 (FAX)
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