The Center for Research on Global Catholicism (CRGC) supports scholarship on the ways and means by which Catholicism migrated across time and space to become a global religion, entangled with imperial ambitions, in excess of official intentions, mobilized by material objects, affective relationships, politics, theologies, epidemics and more.

The CRGC has partnered with local Catholic archives in St. Louis to form the St. Louis Catholic Archives Collective (SCAC). This collaboration is dedicated to increasing the visibility and accessibility of participating archival institutions, particularly those collections that illuminate the histories of women religious. Participating institutions include:

The Visiting Research Grant funds two scholars per year to defray costs connected with conducting research at participating archives. Archival holdings consist of correspondence, administration records, diaries, ministry records, regular bulletins and publications, souvenir booklets, photographs, newspapers, scrapbooks, related publications, audio-visual materials, maps, and artifacts dating from the early eighteenth century to the present. Not only do the materials held in these archives illuminate the histories of the Saint Louis archdiocese, individual congregations, parishes, and other Catholic institutions, but they also provide glimpses into local, national, and world histories viewed through the lens of Catholic experiences.


Researchers pursuing projects that would benefit from the rich resources of the SCAC archives are invited to apply. Projects that focus on women religious are especially encouraged. We welcome applications from academics of all ranks and disciplines, independent researchers, students 18 years and older, genealogists, and others. Students are asked to include a letter of reference from a professor, instructor, archivist, or mentor familiar with their work; those students pursuing a masters or doctoral degree are exempt from this requirement.

award amounts

Visiting Research Grants will be issued to two applicants in amounts up to $3,000 each.

Please note: Applicants are responsible for arranging their own travel and housing for the duration of their stay.

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