Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships

Undergraduate and graduate scholarships, based on our actual costs, are a great help to those talented students facing economic difficulties. Thanks to scholarships, world-class international education becomes accessible to all students eager for contributing significantly to New Evangelization. Scholarships, therefore, represent the most effective way for offering the world Christian leaders of tomorrow capable of making a difference through dialogue and true knowledge. Supporting students through scholarships is one of the most predominant forms for making an impact on society one person at a time.


Postgraduate Diploma: History of the Church in the Americas

Incomplete visions and unilateral interpretations of historical phenomena in the Americas may lead people to discredit the Church’s contribution in the continent. Since history scholars, opinion leaders and formators need a more complete vision, the Postgraduate Diploma on History of the Church in the Americas presents the Church’s role as a historical subject within American societies. Since the two-year Postgraduate Diploma offers a unique academic proposal, it has gained widespread interest, especially from countries and areas where the dearth of scientific publication on the subject can be used within ideological frameworks.

Total cost for establishing 15 initial scholarships for gifted American and Latin American candidates: € 62,500 (€ 4,166 for each scholarship)

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Postgraduate Diploma: Science & Faith

The two-year Postgraduate Diploma focuses on the apparent conflict between science and the Christian religion, proving that modern science and faith are complementary, and they are mutually strengthened in their common search for truth. Philosophy is essential to understand the fundamental truth of human existence both for science and for faith. Such a training has been especially thought for teachers and scientific professionals, as well as for religious and lay students who want to empower of a deeper understanding of contemporary questions and impacting more significantly in their cultural work.

Total cost for establishing 10  initial scholarships: € 34,000 (€ 3,400 for each scholarship)

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Postgraduate Diploma: Ratzinger Studies

The Postgraduate Certificate seeks to explore the life, thought, and spirituality of Pope Benedict XVI by examining a broad array of his writings in eight key areas of theology. Presented by leading experts in the thought of Ratzinger, the program thus serves not only as an overview of the thought one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century but also provides an example of how theology and faith mutually enrich each other and are at the service of the Church. The Postgraduate Certificate delves into themes like the vocation of the Catholic theologian, the relationship between the faith, the Magisterium, and hermeneutics, and the transmission of the faith; but it will also focus on important aspects of fundamental theology within the context of the challenges of post-modernity. Themes like the nature and task of theology, and the role of conscience and its relation to the truth will also be explored in depth.

Total cost for establishing 30 initial scholarships: € 81,000 (€ 2,700 for each scholarship)

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Postgraduate Diploma: Holy Shroud Studies

The Institute Science and Faith, in collaboration with Othonia, the International Center of Sindonology of Turin and the Giulio Ricci Diocesan Center of Sindonology, offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Shroud Studies, which intends to offer a systematic approach to the challenges that this exceptional document raises to human intelligence. The Holy Shroud of Turin, indeed, is one of the greatest mysteries of all time, and one of the most fascinating field of studying. Doesn’t matter if contemplated with the eyes of a pilgrim, or analyzed by scientific eyes: the Holy Shroud asks questions that our Postgraduate Certificate wants to better understand and answer.

We need your support for establishing twenty-five Scholarships for students who will be committed to  contributing to the New Evangelization.

Total cost for establishing 25 initial scholarships: € 25,000, (€ 1,000 for each scholarship)

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Hopes and Dreams Scholarships

For needy students, the bachelor’s and master’s degree in Religious Studies are a lifeline to new opportunities. In spite of our low tuition, for some, our program is a luxury they cannot afford…but also an opportunity they cannot afford to miss! Many young women, for example, generously follow God’s calls to service and enter into religious life with just a high school education. Their religious communities struggle to provide them with access to higher education, which has become so commonplace in the Western world. We believe that every religious sister should have access to higher education, so as to be a more effective pastoral agent in today’s world. Our “Hopes and Dreams” Scholarships, to be implemented progressively over the next three years, will eventually provide this access to higher education to one hundred students on a yearly basis. The scholarship program will provide needy students with access to higher education and meaningful mission in the Church and society. A small contribution can make an enormous difference. As, for example, with Sisters trained in the philosophical and theological disciplines: they will be better equipped to answer the existential questions as posed by the highly educated men and women who make up the society of today.

Total cost for establishing 30 initial scholarships both for our Bachelor’s as well as Master’s Degrees: € 144.000

  • 30 Bachelor scholarships: € 79,800 (€ 2,660for each scholarship)
  • 30 Master scholarships: € 64,200 (€ 2,140 for each scholarship)
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Value @ Work

The economic crisis that today’s society is facing shows us that the mere logic of profit doesn’t suffice, because there is an uttermost need for a long-term systemic vision. Believing in the centrality of the Person as a paradigm shift within job-place, our efforts aim to strengthen bridges between the academy and the job-market. Coherently with this, we developed a training program, which combines education with a paid internship, tailored for women victims of violence and trafficking, offering them effective tools for strengthening their skills, competences and employability. Benefactors can join our efforts, helping the realization of this innovative training program for ten women.

Total cost for establishing 10 initial scholarships for qualifying women: € 48,000 (€ 4,800 for each scholarship)

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Scholarships for Holy Land Priestly Renewal

A priest’ life can be very demanding, whether it be celebrating the sacraments, administration of a parish, or the many other ministerial services he is called to offer. In the midst of these demands each priest must strive to keep his experience of Christ’s love the source of his ministry and self-giving. A great way to help a priest to renew his experience of Christ and his priesthood is by giving him the chance to walk in Christ’s footsteps in the Holy Land. Our Institute offers two priestly renewal courses in the Holy Land each year, one in January and another in July, so as to allow parishes and dioceses to better schedule their needs.

Offering priests this opportunity, especially those priests coming from dioceses in need, is a concrete means of sustaining the effort of the New Evangelization and of bestowing a renewed vitality to parishes, schools, religious communities, apostolates and mission territories where these priests work. Even though we are committed to offering the course with extremely low fees, many parishes and dioceses with economic difficulties still cannot afford this cost. For this reason, we ask philanthropists and benefactors to join our efforts and support our course, and establish a priestly scholarship fund which will allow us to cover costs for at least 30 priests over the next year.

Total cost for establishing 30 initial scholarships: € 96,000 (€ 3,200 for each scholarship)

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Scholarships for Seminary Formator's Course

All priests are prepared to serve God’s people. However, few priests are trained to be a seminary formator. As a response to the need of those that work in seminaries to update and inform themselves on seminary pedagogy, Sacerdos Institute organizes a month-long course that deals with the most important themes of seminarian formation, from seminary psychology and human development to spirituality and apostolic formation with special attention to the challenges that today’s culture presents.

The course is meant to help diocesan bishops in the preparation and ongoing formation of those who are dedicated to the formation of future priests. It provides priests from various countries the opportunity to apply the faith to current events as well as offer a forum for exchanging ideas. Such an experience is so important that we are committed in offering it with fees extremely low. Nevertheless, many parishes and dioceses with economic difficulties can’t effort. For this reason, we ask philanthropists and benefactors to join our efforts and support our course, so to establish full scholarships, covering registration, room and boards, meals, and course materials, for up to 30 priests over a two-year period.

Total cost for establishing 30 initial scholarships: € 84,000(€ 2,800 for each scholarship)

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Scholarships for Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation

In collaboration with the Group for Socio-religious Research and Information (GRIS) of Bologna, we are committed to offer an understanding of the theoretical and practical matters concerning exorcism and demonic possession. We propose, to professionals and operators of the ministry of the exorcism and the prayer of liberation, an academic research, covering a wide range of disciplines, from anthropological, social, theological, liturgical, canonical, pastoral, spiritual, medical, neuroscientific, cultural and juridical ones.

Given the ever-growing globalization of cultures, we want to enhance the internationality of our offer: professionals and operators, indeed, need to exchange practices and experiences, in order to recognize more easily phenomena from different cultures.  We want to engage philanthropists and benefactors in supporting the internationalization of our course, allowing us to invite key-note speakers from outside Europe and attendants from areas such as Philippines, African countries – where phenomena are becoming more frequent. For this reason, we count on your generous support for establishing up to 30 scholarships.

Total cost for establishing 30 initial scholarships: € 31,500 (€ 1,050 for each scholarship)

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Catholic Worldview Fellowship

As an Athenaeum committed to the integral training of future Christian leaders, we want to offer most gifted and promising students with the opportunity of participating to the Summer School organized by the Catholic Worldview Fellowship held in Germany and Rome. It will allow our best students to establish relationships with other academic promises from prestigious international institutions and to develop a sound synthesis between faith and reason and between theory and life.

The scholarships will be reserved for the most deserving students, coming from the main universities of the world, who want to permeate contemporary society with the Catholic worldview. The participation of the students of the School of Philosophy in these courses represents an opportunity of great value for the individual formation path, but also for the strengthening of the institutional potential of the APRA Alumni network with that of the other young Christian leaders. We seek to create an interdisciplinary, Catholic mainstream of thought in the context of emerging global culture by forming the leaders of the future.

Total cost for establishing 15 initial scholarships: € 105,000 (€ 7,000 for each scholarship)

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Christianity and Culture Scholarships

The course seeks to form, network and empower talented students to evangelize culture through historical, religious, philosophical and ethical perspectives on society. The students learn to appreciate the roots of Western culture: by analyzing contemporary society, they learn to understand the religious, ethical and philosophical context of culture. By projecting the responses to future challenges, they apply that knowledge to today’s world.

The course provides an interactive methodology, combining lectures, workshops and outings. This enables students to be the protagonists of their own formation.

Total cost for establishing 15 initial scholarships: € 24,000 (€ 1,600 for each scholarship)

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International Summer Course on Bioethical Human Enhancement and Emerging Technologies

The 17th International Summer Course in Bioethics is organized by our School of Bioethics and is designed to offer a greater understanding of bioethics principles and different bioethical issues, with a specialization on “Human Enhancement: Bioethical Challenges of Emerging Technologies”. Technological evolution is impacting society, raising questions and uncertainties, exacerbated by the complexity of value-relativism. As Bioethics Faculty we are engaged in spreading the personalistic framework and in proving the limitations of utilitarian conception of many currents existing in bioethics.

We are convinced that an intensive training here in Rome, within our School, provides a valuable opportunity for students, scholars and professionals to open up their horizons, facilitating their understanding of personalistic bioethics.

We ask benefactors and philanthropists for supporting the training of 15 students among the most prominent and talented candidates from the Americas, Africa and Asia, in order to produce a multiplier effect which can disseminate personalistic values.

Total cost for establishing 15 initial scholarships: € 35,000 (€ 2,333 for each scholarship)

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