Sorin Fellow Internship and Research Funding

As part of its Sorin Fellows program, the Center for Ethics and Culture is pleased to sponsor internships, service opportunities, and research projects for its undergraduate and graduate Sorin Fellows. Students have the opportunity to explore their interests in a variety of fields, learn first-hand from world-renowned experts in academia and the public square, study more deeply an issue of pressing cultural significance, and develop skills and relationships that will serve them well in their future vocations.

The CEC helps match students to internship and research opportunities with its partner organizations across the country and around the world and offers funding for independent projects submitted by students that relate to the Center's mission: to explore and advance the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition, and to bring that tradition to bear on pressing issues in the public square today. 

Past Sorin Fellow interns have engaged the world beyond the university with such organizations as:

  • Catholic Charities
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • National Right to Life
  • Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • MPower Pictures
  • Pontifical Academy for Life
  • Patrons of the Arts Office in the Vatican Museums

Student-proposed research projects have included:

  • conducting research with a leading bioethicist in Washington, D.C.
  • examining shifting trends in religious education and faith formation in Dublin's Catholic schools
  • Documenting pilgrim traditions at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal
  • studying the interaction between incarceration, motherhood, and abortion in New York City
  • immersion in the daily life and service of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Rome

Application Guidelines

The application period for Spring/Summer 2018 funding is now open, see the links below. Questions? Contact Pete Hlabse (

Who can apply?

Grants are available to undergraduate and graduate Sorin Fellows who participate actively in the life of the Center for Ethics and Culture. For more information on how to become a Sorin Fellow, visit our webpage

What projects are eligible to receive a grant?

Sorin Fellows may submit funding requests for internships they have arranged independently or through the CEC, research projects pertaining to their studies, conference participation, and service opportunities. Projects should help students engage more broadly in some aspect of the Center for Ethics and Culture's mission: to explore and advance the Catholic moral and intellectual tradition, and to bring that tradition to bear on pressing issues in the public square today.

What do I need to submit?

All applications must be submitted through our online application form. Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents with their application (Word file or PDF only):

  • Proposal: Sorin Fellows who have secured their own internship, service opportunity, or designed a research project must submit a 1- to 3-page proposal outlining the goals of their project, how it relates to their own studies and interests, and how it relates to the mission of the Center for Ethics and Culture. The proposal must also include an itemized budget (travel, accommodations, etc.) and general timeline for the project.
  • Request for information*: Sorin Fellows who are interested in learning more about internship opportunities with CEC partner organizations must submit a 1-page description of their interests, studies, and goals for the future, as well as the kinds of projects, organizations, etc., that might interest them.
         * Applicable only for summer internships.
  • Resume: Each applicant must submit a current resume.

What is the deadline for applying?

All applications must be received by midnight on the dates below.

Spring Semester Funding: Rolling deadline

Apply for Spring funding via this form.
Spring Break Funding Deadline: February 2, 2018
Spring Break Funding Notifications: February 19, 2018

Apply for Summer funding via this form.
Summer Funding Deadline: March 16, 2018
Summer Funding Notifications: April 16, 2018

Terms and Conditions

Student participation in CEC events will be weighed when awarding grants. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide funding for projects or internships that would be completed after graduation. Students are responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging during the course of their internship or research project; students traveling internationally should be prepared to apply for any necessary visas, etc., well in advance of their proposed project date.

Once the internship or project has been completed, the student is responsible for submitting a 1- to 3-page reflection on the experience, as well as at least one high-resolution photo (300 dpi or larger) of the student engaged in the work of the internship or project. The Center for Ethics and Culture reserves permission to share these reflections and photos, unless specifically directed otherwise. Failure to submit a report by the date specified could jeopardize the students' standing as a Sorin Fellow.