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Mellon-Council for European Studies Fellowships Announced

The Mellon-CES (Council for European Studies) Dissertation Completion Fellowship is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and includes a $25,000 stipend, as well as assistance in securing reimbursements or waivers in eligible health insurance and candidacy fees. Mellon-CES Dissertation Completion Fellowships are intended to facilitate the timely completion of the doctoral degree by late-stage graduate students focusing on topics in European Studies in the humanities.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 26, 2016.

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The Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship includes a $4,000 stipend, the opportunity to publish in Perspectives on Europe, a semi-annual journal of the Council for European Studies, and other professional development activities. CES Pre-Dissertation Fellowships fund two months’ travel to Europe to conduct the exploratory phase of a projected dissertation project in the social sciences or humanities which will require a subsequent stay in Europe.

Applications are due (along with all supporting materials) on or before January 16, 2016.

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Other Scholarship and Research Opportunities

A comprehensive listed of current scholarship and research opportunities can be found in the Funding and Research Opportunities section of the Graduate Studies website. 

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Survey of Earned Doctorates Assistance

NORC is continuing to recruit research doctorate candidates who are nearing graduation (i.e., graduating by March 2016) and recent doctoral recipients (graduates who received their degrees in 2015) to participate in a confidential cognitive interview that will discuss the Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED) questionnaire. During the interview, participants will be asked to “think aloud” as they fill out the questionnaire and respond to questions. NORC is hoping to get valuable feedback from doctoral students and recipients so that we can better understand how students respond to the questionnaire.

Our third round of cognitive interviews is scheduled to take place in October and early November 2015 during regular business hours at NORC’s Bethesda office (4350 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814). The session will last no more than 60 minutes, and students and recipients only need to participate in one session. Each participant will be paid $40.00 upon completion of the cognitive interview.

If you fit this criteria and are willing to participate in the survey, please contact to set up an appointment.

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Annoucements from the Office of Campus Ministry

September 21, 2015: In conjunction with the Papal visit on Wednesday, September 23, CUA will begin a graduate bible study for all interested. This bible study will take place on Sunday evenings from 7:00pm-8:30pm. We will work through the Gospel of Mark using a variety of study techniques including readings, commentary, questions and discussion. A brochure for the graduate bible study sessions can be downloaded here.

Also, the Graduate Faith Community will be meeting on Tuesdays from October 6 through November 10 at the Columbus Law School. The theme is "Creating a Culture of Encounter with Pope Francis".

For more information on any of these events, please visit the Campus Ministry website at, or contact Sr. Ruth Harkins at

CUA News and Current Events (Fall 2015 Semester)

Graduate students can always keep up with events of campus by visiting Home@CUA and Inside CUA.

Events to Mark German Reunification (October 23, 2015): The German Studies Program is hosting events in October to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the German reunification.

Event Explores the Death Penalty in the U.S. (October 22, 2015): CUA partnered with the European Delegation to the United States this week to host the premiere of a new documentary.

CUA Drama Supports Female Playwrights (October 19, 2015): The Department of Drama was honored recently as a recipient of the International Centre for Women Playwrights (ICWP) 2015 50/50 Applause Award.

Conference to Discuss Laudato Si' (October 14, 2015): The University will partner with the USCCB for a daylong conference examining the Pope's recent encyclical on the environment.

Events for International Open Access Week (October 9, 2015): University Libraries is hosting three events in October to support International Open Access Week, Oct. 19 through 25.

Social Work Lecture to Feature 2 Speakers (October 5, 2015): The National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) Center on Global Aging (COGA) is hosting the 2015 Bill Bechill and Daniel Thursz Memorial Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m.

Professor Appointed to White House Council  (September 28, 2015): Dr. Stephen Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies and associate professor of politics at The Catholic University of America, has been appointed as a member of President Barack Obama’s third Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

New Play to Depict Civil Rights Activist (September 17, 2015): Selma 65 tells the story of Viola Liuzzo, a white civil rights activist who demonstrated against discrimination toward African-American voters.

Evolutionary Biologist to Speak on Species (September 14, 2015): Sean B. Carroll, internationally recognized evolutionary biologist, will be the keynote speaker for the Department of Biology’s annual graduate student research symposium.

University Libraries Host Events (September 14, 2015): University Libraries hosts two events on Wednesday, Sept. 16, a Wiki-Edit-A-Thon and a Know Your Campus guided history tour.

Grant to Fund Nursing School and Veterans' Administration Partnership (September 9, 2015): As part of a grant of up to $2 million, the School of Nursing is entering an academic and clinical partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to enroll VA nurses in a program that will educate them as adult gerontology practitioners with master’s and doctoral degrees.

Students Urged to Serve During Opening Mass (September 3, 2015): Members of the University community were encouraged to walk with Pope Francis through their prayers and actions as part of the annual Mass.

New Rome Center Opens (September 5, 2015): Saturday, Sept. 5, marks the official opening of the Rome Center of The Catholic University of America (CUA) and Australian Catholic University (ACU) at Via Garibaldi 28.

Pope Appoints STRS Professor as Synod Expert (August 31, 2015): Pope Francis has appointed Dr. John Grabowski, Associate Professor of Moral Theology/Ethics, as an expert to the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the Family, which will be held October 4 through October 25 in Vatican City.

New Students Join CUA 'Family' (August 27, 2015) Catholic University welcomed nearly 1,000 first-year and transfer students to campus Aug. 27.

CUA to Celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit (August 26, 2015): The Mass marks the official start of the academic year at Catholic University.

CUA Musicians to Perform at Papal Mass (August 25, 2015): The University Chamber Choir and the Symphony Orchestra will be among those performing at this fall's canonization Mass.

CUA News from Summer 2015

Engineering Strengthens Ties with Vietnam (August 24, 2015): The School of Engineering hosted the Vietnamese vice minister of construction earlier this month.

This Year's Drama Productions Announced (August 21, 2015)This year's drama productions will include Selma '65,Big Love, and Pride and Prejudice.

Music School Anniversary Events Continue (August 17, 2015): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music continues its 50th anniversary celebration this fall.

Upcoming Musical Theatre and Opera Events (August 12, 2015): The Musical Theatre and Vocal Divisions of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music present their 2015-2016 events.

CUA Launches Spanish-Language Web Pages (August 3, 2015): The Spanish-language section of the website mirrors much of what is offered on the main CUA website, including information about academic programs, student activities, residence life, safety and health, and admissions.

Catholic Groups Work to End Human Trafficking (July 16, 2015): CUA's National Catholic School of Social Service is working with other Catholic groups to wipe out human trafficking.

CUA Ranked Top Catholic Social Work School (July 7, 2015): The National Catholic School of Social Service has been rated the top Catholic school of social work in the nation.

CUA Honored with Catholic Press Awards (July 7, 2015): Catholic University received eight awards from the Catholic Press Association.

CUA to Host Conference on Human Trafficking (July 7, 2015): Catholic University's school of social work, together with Catholic Charities and the USCCB, will address the problem of human trafficking.

Archdiocese Announces Pope's Visit to DC (June 30, 2015): The Vatican today announced the confirmed schedule for Pope Francis’s apostolic visit to the United States this September, which includes a stop in Washington, D.C.

Conference on Syriac-Christian Culture (June 16, 2015): On June 21 through 24, The Catholic University of America will host The Seventh North American Syriac Symposium.

Conference Celebrates Interreligious Friendship (June 4, 2015): Representatives from three of the world’s major religions came together for a conference celebrating interreligious friendship and dialogue.

Andrew Abela Named Catholic University Provost (June 2, 2015): President John Garvey has announced that he has appointed Andrew V. Abela as the new University Provost, effective June 3.

University Hires VP for Enrollment Management (May 20, 2015): President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Christopher P. Lydon as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, effective June 22.

CUA News from the Spring 2015 Semester

Higgins Clark to Graduates: Find Your Gift (May 16, 2015): Best-selling suspense novelist Mary Higgins Clark addressed the Class of 2015 during the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony May 16.

University Hires VP for Advancement (May 11, 2015)President John Garvey announced today that the University has hired Scott P. Rembold as the new Vice President for University Advancement, effective June 24.

CUA to Confer 1,850 Degrees at Commencement (May 11, 2015): Catholic University will confer approximately 1,850 degrees during its 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony.

Faculty Honored at Spring Luncheon (May 7, 2015): Three faculty members were honored for their achievements in research and creative arts during the Spring Faculty Luncheon.

IPR Fellows to Discuss Recently Published Books (April 30, 2015): Highlighted books will cover topics ranging from minority party politics in Congress, American Catholic life and education, bilingual education, and health care management.

Cardinals Dinner Raises Scholarship Funds (April 28, 2015)America’s Catholic cardinals gathered in St. Louis on April 24, raising more than $1.1 million for college scholarships at the 26th American Cardinals Dinner.

Catholic Historical Review Celebrates 100 Years (April 21, 2015)The Catholic Historical Review was founded at CUA in April 1915. The well-respected journal is marking its 100th anniversary.

University Mourns Passing of Cardinal George (April 17, 2015)The Catholic University of America is mourning the passing of its distinguished alumnus and former longtime trustee Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I.

Classroom Dedicated to Fulton Sheen (April 17, 2015): McMahon 112 is dedicated to the former philosophy professor during the University's Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Week.

Panel to Discuss the "Founding Padres" (April 10, 2015)A panel of historians will consider how three missionary priests helped shape the United States during a discussion panel April 22.

Nursing School Faculty Receive Honor (April 10, 2015): Two nursing professors have been accepted as American Association for Nurse Practitioners (AANP) fellows.

Of Guillotines and Girl Power (April 10, 2015)The Department of Drama presents “The Revolutionists,” a new play by Lauren Gunderson, exploring feminism, violence, and the French Revolution.

Catholic University to Honor Archbishop Sheen (April 8, 2015): In March and April, CUA will celebrate Archbishop Sheen, a Catholic University alumnus and longtime theology and philosophy professor.

Mary Higgins Clark to Address 2015 Graduates (March 31, 2015)Mary Higgins Clark, best-selling author and suspense novelist, will address the Class of 2015 at the 126th Annual Commencement Ceremony of The Catholic University of America on May 16.

Drama Department to Revive Traditional Play (March 30, 2015)The Drama Department will present The Annunciation, a modernization of the medieval Wakefield Play, in partnership with the "Picturing Mary" exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

Taking a Collection into the Digital Age (March 26, 2015): Items from the Oliveira Lima Library were recently digitized to make the items in the collection widely available to researchers.

Female Engineering Students Find Support (March 25, 2015): A new generation of female engineers is learning to hold their own in a historically male-dominated field.

Conference Explores Marian Themes (March 25, 2015): The University's recent Graduate Student Conferenceon Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, Idea explored the influence of the Blessed Mother.

University Hosts Astrophysics Seminar (March 25, 2015): Carl Sagan Medal honoree Brother Guy Consolmagno was among the speakers during a recent Vatican Observatory Foundation Seminar.

Music School to Present Kennedy Center Concert (March 23, 2015)The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will hold a 50th Anniversary Gala Performance April 12.

Conference to Commemorate Nostra Aetate (March 18, 2015): Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim scholars and leaders will to commemorate the legacy of Nostra Aetate, Vatican II’s declaration on non-Christian religions.

Irish Culture Thrives at CUA (March 13, 2015): At Catholic University, students can explore their interest in Irish culture through student organizations, certificate programs, classes, and study abroad programs.

Rigoletto: Verdi Masterpiece at Hartke Theatre (March 11, 2015): Catholic University’s production of Rigoletto March 19 through 22 promises “an intimacy and immediacy” not found at larger venues in the D.C. area.

Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square (March 9, 2015): Renowned scholar Joseph Weiler will speak on “Sanctity and Morality in the Public Square” and will be presented with an honorary degree.

Conference to Feature Renowned Marian Scholar (March 9, 2015): A graduate student conference on the Blessed Virgin Mary and her influence through time will feature a keynote address by renowned medieval historian medieval historian Miri Rubin.

Engineering Professor Receives $500,000 Grant (March 9, 2015)Dr. Sang Wook Lee was recently named a recipient of a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award.

Cardinal Tagle Says "Encounter People" (March 3, 2015): Philippine Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, a Catholic University alumnus, returned to campus Monday, March 2, to deliver the annual Cardinal Dearden Lecture. He spoke on the 50th anniversary of Gaudium et Spes.

The Synods on the Family and the New Evangelization (March 2, 2015): Most Rev. Joseph E. Kurtz, archbishop of Louisville, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and a participant in the Synod of Bishops on the Family; and Dr. John Grabowski, associate professor and director of moral theology/ethics at CUA and a member of the Pontifical Council for the Family, will participate.

Recycle and Reuse, Earn Gift Cards (February 18, 2015): CUA is one of nearly 400 universities participating in the annual RecycleMania competition, which runs through March 28.

Bishop Flores to Speak on Immigration (February 13, 2015): Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, bishop of Brownsville, Texas, will give a talk titled “Immigration as a Theological Paradigm for Faith and Social Justice.”

Alumni Nominated for Helen Hayes Awards (February 12, 2015): A number of Catholic University students and alumni from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music and the Department of Drama in the School of Arts and Sciences have received nominations for the 2015 Helen Hayes Awards for their performances and work in Washington, D.C.-area productions.

Catholic University to Honor Archbishop Sheen (February 9, 2015): In March and April, CUA will celebrate Archbishop Sheen, a Catholic University alumnus and longtime theology and philosophy professor.

Music School to Perform at Little Flower Church (February 6, 2015): The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music will present two events this semester at the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda, Md., as part of its 50th Anniversary Celebration.

Stephen Schwartz Revue to Premiere at CUA (February 3, 2015): Musical theatre students will explore the material of one of today’s most well-known composers and lyricists this month as Unlimited: The Music and Lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, makes its premiere at The Catholic University of America.

Student-Written Plays to Premiere at Hartke (January 30, 2015): Knights and sword fights, fantastical characters, and real-life relationship struggles are just a few of the topics to be explored on stage as two original student-written plays premiere at Hartke Theatre in February.

President to Discuss Faith-Based Higher Education (January 30, 2015): The Catholic University of America President John Garvey and two other university presidents will discuss “The State of Higher Education and the Calling of Faith-based Universities” at the National Press Club on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6:30 p.m.

Rome Center Signing Marks 3-Continent Venture (January 30, 2015): Seated next to his counterpart from theAustralian Catholic University, The Catholic University of America President John Garvey noted the “three-continent endeavor” that had brought them to a signing ceremony for the Memorandum of Understanding on a shared Rome Center.

Aquinas Mass Honors University Patron (January 27, 2015): Members of the University gathered January 27 for the University's Annual Mass in Honor of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Business School Receives $3 Million (January 22, 2015): Catholic University’s School of Business and Economics has received a commitment of up to $3 million from the Charles Koch Foundation ($1,750,000), the Busch Family Foundation ($500,000), and three business leaders (each contributing $250,000).

Campus Ministry Announces Graduate Events for the Spring 2015 Semester (January 7, 2015): Sister Ruth A. Harkins, IHM, the Associate Campus Minister for Graduate and Professional Students, has announced the schedule of events geared towards graduate students this upcoming semester. Highlighted in the month of January are the online retreat and "Welcome Back" dinner. The Graduate Faith Community begins again thsi February. For further information, feel free to contact Sr. Ruth at or by phone at 202-319-6579.

Students can also click here for press releases, announcements, and graduate studies events for the 2014 calendar year.

Contact Information

Office of the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies
116 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064
Main Phone: (202) 319-5247
Fax: (202) 319-6174