The Crowe Bursary has been established by the Lonergan Research Institute at Regis College in honor of Frederick E. Crowe, S.J. Father Crowe’s lifetime of loving labor on and for the ideas of Bernard Lonergan includes his establishment of the Toronto Lonergan Centre, the predecessor of the Lonergan Research Institute, in 1971.

The purpose of the bursary is to encourage interest in Lonergan Studies on the part of younger scholars anywhere, namely, undergraduate students, graduate students, and persons who have received a doctorate within the three years previous to the date of their application for the bursary.

The bursary will be awarded to the younger scholar who offers the most promising proposal for using the money in a way that could advance Lonergan Studies. For example, one might aim to defray the expenses associated with organizing a local “Lonergan” event, or facilitating a course project on Lonergan, or attending a Lonergan conference, or publishing a scholarly paper. (Applicants should not feel obliged to limit themselves to these categories.)

The application procedure is simple. (1) In a statement of 300-500 words, the applicant spells out the character of his or her proposal and how it might contribute to Lonergan Studies. (2) The applicant solicits a brief (two or three-sentence) letter from a teacher or faculty colleague, which letter confirms the status of the applicant as a younger scholar and affirms the feasibility of the proposal. (3) The applicant submits both letters (via regular mail or e-mail) so that they are received by the Lonergan Research Institute no later than the deadline.

The current amount of the bursary is $1000. The next deadline for applications is December 15, 2010. The winning proposal will be announced soon thereafter.

Completed applications should be sent to Michael Vertin, Associate Director, at michael.vertin@utoronto.ca or c/o Lonergan Research Institute, 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2Z5.

The 2009 Crowe Bursary was awarded to Dr. Edoardo Cibelli, a “younger Lonergan scholar” at the Pontifical Faculty of Theology of South Italy, based in Naples, Italy. The award is to help defray expenses associated with a one-day conference on the theme “The Centrality of the Subject for the Lonerganian Foundation of a Method in Theology,” an event that Dr. Cibelli is planning for Thursday, 2 December 2010, in Naples.