Hildebrand Project Summer Residency
July 1-9, 2024
Franciscan University of Steubenville
The Hildebrand Project is pleased to announce our sixth annual Residency!
The Residency was launched in 2017 to support and expand the academic community devoted to the thought of Dietrich von Hildebrand and the tradition of Christian personalism broadly. We do this by enabling students and scholars to work alongside our Senior Scholars—former students of Dietrich von Hildebrand and/or John Paul II—and Associated Scholars, who are doing new and important work in personalist scholarship. In this way, we seek to pass the flame to future generations who will continue to reveal Hildebrand and personalism within the perennial Christian tradition.
The Residency is an intensive program for advanced students and scholars who are working on MA theses, Ph.D. dissertations, habilitations, books, chapters, or scholarly articles principally focused on Hildebrand or in some way substantively engaged with his thought (for example, a dissertation chapter focused on Hildebrand). We are especially interested in supporting research that has never been publicly presented.
We recognize that many universities do not have faculty with expertise on Hildebrand (or other personalists, too) and that this may prevent some students from writing an MA or dissertation on Hildebrand. The Residency exists to overcome this obstacle.
The Residency is not limited to those working exclusively on Hildebrand. We welcome applications from students and scholars working on kindred spirits, like Karol Wojtyla and Edith Stein, on great figures in the tradition, like Aristotle and Aquinas, or on any thinker or set of issues, provided that the work in progress includes Hildebrand as a substantive interlocutor and/or meaningfully engages the personalist tradition.
John F. Crosby
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
Personalism, John Henry Newman, John Paul II, Dietrich von Hildebrand
Prof. Crosby was himself a student of Dietrich Hildebrand. Besides writing major studies on the thought of John Henry Newman, Max Scheler, and Karol Wojtyla/John Paul II, and making his own contributions to personalist philosophy, Prof. Crosby has devoted his long and distinguished academic career—first at the University of Dallas, then at the International Academy of Philosophy, and currently at Franciscan University of Steubenville—to introducing his students to the intellectual legacy of Hildebrand, and also to making Hildebrand better known in scholarly circles. Prof. Crosby was the translator of the English edition of Hildebrand’s philosophical masterpiece, The Nature of Love, and he also serves as the General Editor of all our present and future translations of Hildebrand’s works.
A trusted collaborator of Pope St. John Paul II, and is an authority on his philosophical anthropology. His book Karol Wojtyla: The Thought of the Man who became Pope John Paul II is a fundamental work on the pope’s early philosophy. A member of the Italian Parliament for over two decades, he serves on the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences and holds the John Paul II Chair for Philosophy and History of European Institutions at the Lateran University in Rome. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Hildebrand Project.
Professor Seifert received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Salzburg in 1969 and, under Professor Robert Spaemann, his habilitation from the University of Munich (Privatdozent) in 1975. He studied chiefly under Balduin Schwarz, the most distinguished German former student of Dietrich von Hildebrand, at the University of Salzburg, and under Gabriel Marcel in Paris. Already as a child (from age 3 on) he knew Hildebrand personally, because Seifert’s mother had been a student of Hildebrand in Munich and both of his parents were Hildebrand’s friends. He is the author of many books, and Europe’s leading student and teacher of Hildebrand’s philosophy.
The Residency in Summer 2024 is not the beginning but the culmination of a process beginning in March 2024. Upon being admitted to the Residency and matched with a Senior Scholar or Associated Scholar, a participant will meet virtually with the scholar and receive initial comments on their work in progress.
For the in-person portion of the program, the daily weekday schedule will be focused on research and mentorship, with group discussions of work-in-progress, mini-discussion colloquia on core personalist texts, private consultations with our faculty, and time for continued study. Professional development sessions will be offered, with sessions on topics like “The Academic Job Market” and “Dissertation 101.” The schedule will include breaks for personal reflection and prayer.
How to Apply
Participation in the Residency is competitive, and by application; with a limited number of seats, this means we will not be able to accept every application.
Before submitting an application, applicants are encouraged to share their research project with our Programs Manager, Cecilia Cervantes, to ensure the project qualifies for this program. Research proposals are required for admission to the Residency.
Applications open on October 12, 2023, Hildebrand’s and Stein’s birthdays! The application and travel scholarship deadline is January 31, 2024. Please note a letter of recommendation (in English) is required to be considered for travel scholarships. Letters of recommendation should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Application decisions will be communicated by February 7, 2024, with accepted attendees confirming their attendance by February 16, 2024. Please note that all works-in-progress need to be submitted for initial review and feedback by senior faculty by March 1, 2024. Participants will submit their amended drafts by June 1 for distribution for residency-wide review.
Cost to Attend, Room and Board, and Travel
The Residency is free to attend for all accepted candidates. It will be held at the Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH, where participants will be lodged in university housing. Dormitory accommodations will include private rooms with dorm restrooms. The Hildebrand Project is unable to provide meals and lodging for participants’ spouses and families. Participants will have access to the university library, internet, and other basic amenities. All costs for room and board are included.
A shuttle to and from the Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided. Parking will be available on campus for those who drive.
For those traveling from outside the US, the procurement of a visa and current passport is the responsibility of the applicant. The Hildebrand Project is unable to assist in attaining a visiting visa.
Travel Scholarship Opportunities
While limited scholarships for travel are available, the Hildebrand Project cannot offer travel scholarships to all applicants. Priority will be given to applicants with a compelling research interest in Hildebrand’s thought.
Scholarship requests are included on the application, due January 31, 2024. When applying for travel aid, please be specific with your request. Please note that a letter of recommendation (in English) is required to be considered for travel scholarships. Letters can be submitted to email@example.com
For those traveling from outside the US, the Hildebrand Project cannot provide support in attaining a visiting visa. The procurement of a visa and current passport is the responsibility of the applicant.