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Vincentian Studies Institute Grant

​​ The Vincentian Studies Institute at DePaul University sponsors a program of research grants. One single grant of up to $20,000 or smaller grants totaling that amount will be awarded annually for projects that further scholarship on the Vincentian tradition, past and present. The grant is open to both individual applicants and institutions / organizations conducting research. Apply here.

After having paused new grant applications due to the COVID-19 crisis, we are pleased to announce we have resumed the program. Applications are now being accepted. New proposals are due by October 1st and will be reviewed at our fall board meeting. Although immediate funding may be considered, generally awards will be distributed at the beginning of our next fiscal year which starts in July.​ 

The Vincentian Studies Institute of the United States, founded in 1979, is sponsored by DePaul University as a part of the university’s Division of Mission and Ministry. The Institute’s mission is to promote a living interest in the heritage of the Vincentian Family founded by Saint Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660) and Saint Louise de Marillac (1591 – 1660).

Supported Projects, Funding & Publication

Research may deal with any aspect of the history, spirituality, or praxis of the Vincentian Family, including any of the branches of the Family: male, female, collaborators, affiliates and associates. The global Vincentian Family comprises, in part, the Ladies of Charity (Founded 1617), the Congregation of the Mission (Founded 1625), the Daughters of Charity (Founded 1633), the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (Founded 1833), and the Sisters of Charity Federation in the Vincentian – Setonian Tradition (Established 1947).

Projects will be evaluated by the members of the Vincentian Studies Institute’s Editorial Board. Grants may be used for any valid purpose related to the conducting of research including travel, research costs, funding of research assistants, buying out of salary/time, etc., and may be used in conjunction with other awards and grants, contingent on receipt of funding for the total balance. Funding will not be provided for costs related to publication.


The research grant is open to all qualified individual applicants, including faculty and doctoral candidates, especially from universities and colleges in the Vincentian and Setonian tradition. Independent scholars, organizations and Institutions are also eligible to apply for funding.

Individual Applicants

If you are applying as an individual seeking a personal grant, and your application is approved for funding, you will be required to provide a social security number to DePaul University. This is done for tax purposes as the university is required to send you a 1099 form per Federal Tax Law. If you are a group of individuals seeking funding you will need to provide social security numbers for each person, and you will need to designate one person as the primary grant director. This individual will specify how the funds will be distributed among the group. 1099 forms will then be sent to each individual in the group for the dollar amount designated per person by the grant director.

Institutional / Organizational Applicants

If you are an organization seeking funding, and your application is approved, you will be required to provide a tax identification number for your institution. The contact information for your institutions Grant Program Director is also required. The director will be responsible for signing off on the application, along with any co-recipients, and for accepting the conditions of the grant in writing before the funds are released. This is particularly relevant should you be faculty/staff seeking salary reimbursement (or buy-out) for time devoted to research. In this case, your institution or organization must apply for the grant on your behalf and must provide the information detailed above.

Application Process

Applicants are required to submit the following:

  1. A completed Application form, either Individual or Institutional.
  2. Title and brief description (3-5 pages) of the research project. This will include a list of repositories where research will be conducted, and a time line for completion of research.
  3. A budget outline detailing your anticipated expenses as precisely as possible.
  4. A resume including academic standing, professional experience, and publications.
  5. At least two letters of reference.

Personal Application and Institutional Application forms are available per request.

  • The deadline for submitting an application is October 1st.
  • Announcements will be made by the end of the calendar year.
  • No applications will be considered until all materials have been received.


Should your grant be accepted, the Vincentian Studies Institute reserves the right to offer partial or conditional funding. This includes specifying a later date of funding based upon monies available to the Vincentian Studies Institute Grant Program for a given year.


Brief progress reports will be required once-per-year for the lifespan of the grant / research, with a more substantial final report due at the completion. Depending on the length and nature of the grant other reporting may be required.


Receipt of the grant must be acknowledged by the researcher, in all public forums in which the results of the research are presented


Grant recipients are encouraged to submit an article, monograph, or book based on their research for publication by the Institute. Articles will be published in Vincentian Heritage, the journal of the Vincentian Studies Institute; Monographs and books will be published as a part of the Institute’s publication series.


To apply, or for more information, contact Mr. Nathaniel Michaud, DePaul University Vincentian Studies Institute, ​14 East Jackson Blvd., Suite 800G​, Chicago, Illinois, 60604; phone: 312/362-6169; e-mail: