The John Tracy Ellis
Dissertation Award

Ellis Dissertation Award Submissions

The Ellis Prize is awarded to a doctoral student in the field of Catholic Studies with a promising, but not-yet-completed dissertation. There are many materials required to apply for this award. 

The online submission form is at the bottom of this page. Please read all instructions carefully and understand all of the materials you need to submit before completing the online form.

Submission deadline: extended to May 1, 2024


Mary Dunn
Saint Louis University

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Jennifer Scheper Hughes
University of California, Riverside

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Ralph Keen
University of Illinois Chicago

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Required Materials

This online application form with your information (the form starts below these instructions).

A statement from the chairperson (or director of graduate studies) of the applicant’s department certifying that he or she has completed all the degree requirements for the doctorate except for the dissertation, and has received departmental approval to undertake work on a dissertation topic dealing with some aspect of the history of the Catholic Church.

This statement should be submitted by the chairperson using the materials submission form.

A statement written by the applicant, not exceeding 1,000 words in length, describing the dissertation project and the way in which the award would be used to further its completion.

Please submit this via the application form below, as a Word or PDF attachment.

Two letters of recommendation from scholars familiar with the applicant’s work, one of whom must be his or her dissertation director.

This statement should be submitted by the letter writers using the materials submission form.

A sample chapter of the dissertation, or a segment thereof, not exceeding 25 pages. 

Please submit this via the application form below, as a PDF attachment.

Submission Form

Submission deadline: extended to May 1, 2024

  • Please check each box to acknowledge that you will have these materials submitted on your behalf. Full instructions are listed in the "Required Materials" section of this page.
  • Please do not exceed 1,000 words
    Accepted file types: pdf, doc, docx, Max. file size: 20 MB.
  • Not to exceed 25 pages. A segment of a chapter is also acceptable.
    Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 20 MB.
  • If you have any notes, comments, or messages, please include them here.