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Scholarship Terms

Each year a scholarship will be awarded to applicant(s) who wish to pursue a degree in canon law and who fulfill other qualifications. Students already enrolled in a canon law program may apply.

  • The licentiate scholarship award is available only to persons enrolled in a licentiate program in canon law at an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Canon Law. The full amount awarded is prorated over the life of the respective licentiate program.
  • The doctoral scholarship award is available to persons accepted in a doctoral program in canon law at an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Canon Law for the residency and course-work year of studies. The doctoral scholarship is a one-year scholarship.
  1. No applicant will be excluded by reason of age, race, sex or canonical status in the church. Preference will be given to, but not limited to minority candidates.
  2. An applicant must be formally accepted or actually enrolled in a licentiate program in canon law at any pontifical faculty. Theological studies, even as prerequisites to canonical studies, do not qualify for funding.
  3. Scholarship funds will be distributed over the course of a student's program.
  4. Scholarship funds will be paid directly to a university or school of canon law upon presentation of bills, vouchers, or other such documents to the Office of the Executive Coordinator. Scholarship awards are used to defray tuition costs only.
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Scholarship Eligibility

  1. Applicants must demonstrate a true need for scholarship funding, i.e. that they would not be able to pursue canonical studies without this financial assistance. Financial disclosure may be requested.
  2. An applicant must be: (a) in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church; (b) recommended by their bishop, religious superior, or a diocesan officer; (c) a citizen of the United States of America, and (d) pursuing a licentiate degree.
  3. An applicant must demonstrate a level of professional competence and personal character compatible with the commonly accepted norms of canonical ministry.
  4. An applicant is expected to commit himself or herself to five years of canonical work within the United States upon completion of a licentiate or doctorate degree.
  5. Each applicants must demonstrate appropriate scholarship aptitude for canonical studies. For the first year of licentiate study, formal acceptance by a university is sufficient evidence. For the subsequent years of licentiate study, the recipient must have maintained a "B" average, or its equivalent, in their first year, verifiable by the submission of transcripts.
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