The Academy of American Franciscan History offers Dissertation Fellowships to inspire and help those in their research and publication of their completed work.

The Academy of American Franciscan History is accepting applications for four dissertation fellowships, each worth $15,000. As many as two of these fellowships will be awarded for projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan family in Latin America, including the United States Borderlands, Mexico, Central and South America. Up to another two fellowships will be awarded to support projects dealing with some aspect of the history of the Franciscan Family in the rest of the United States and Canada.

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Projects may deal with any aspect of the history of the Franciscan family, including any of the branches of the family. The projects will be evaluated by a selected group of scholars who will make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Academy. The fellowships may be used for any valid purpose relating to the conducting of research and may be used in conjunction with other awards and grants.

The recipient must be engaged in full-time research during the period of the fellowship. Proposals may be submitted in English, Spanish, French or Portuguese. The applicant must be a doctoral candidate at a University in the Americas, and the bulk of the research should be conducted in the Americas. The Board reserves the right to refuse to award any fellowships should the proposals be deemed not suitable.


How To Apply

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To apply for a fellowship, please provide a 10 page abstract of the proposed research. This abstract should include the title and principle arguments of the dissertation, a research plan, listing repositories where the research will be conducted, and a time-table outlining all phases of the research up to and including the conclusion and successful defense of the dissertation. The applicant must also provide three letters of support for the project, one of which must be from the chairman of the dissertation committee / major adviser. The deadline for applications will be February 1. Awards will be announced in April, and may begin as early as May.

As a condition of the fellowship award, the Academy will reserve the right of first refusal to publish any work funded under the provision of this program. The Academy has a fifty-year history of publishing works dealing with the history of the Franciscan Family in the Americas. Any royalties or other considerations resulting from publication will be separate and distinct from the dissertation fellowship.

To apply, or for further information, please address all materials to:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Burns, Director
Academy of American Franciscan History
4050 Mission Ave.
Oceanside, CA 92057

Past Recipients


The following is a list of current and past winners of the fellowships. We congratulate them all for their oustanding contribution to the development to American Franciscan History.


Brian Moreno
University of Kansas
“Contingent Faiths: The Theory, Praxis, and Language of Evangelization in Central Mexico, 1522-1574”

Francis Galasi
Johns Hopkins University
Discalced Franciscans in the Early Modern Philippines (1578-1789): Healing and the Primitive Ideal”


​Anderson Hagler
Duke University
“The Healing Touch: Sacraments, Shamanism, and Geography in Colonial New Spain”

​John R. Parker
Boston University
Libertas est Bonum Ordinis Superioris Omnium Bonorum: Perfect Franciscan Obedientia in Epifanio de Moirans O.F.M. Cap’s lusta Defensio


​Leonardo Falcon
Florida International University
“Manufacturing Sin: Father Francisco Carrasco, OFM,, and the Inquisition in Circum-Caribbean, 1595-1614”

​Cynthia Neri Lewis
University of California, Riverside
“Illuminated Walls of the Alta California Missions: The California Index of American Design (1936-1942) and the Creation of a Usable Past”


​Matthew Ford
Stony Brook University
“Colonizing the Frontier: Capuchin Missionaries, Indians, and State Formation in the Ecuador-Colombia Borderlands”

​Nenette Arroyo
University of Virginia
Loca Sancta in the New World: The Creation of Sacred Space in the Spanish California Missions”


​Jessica Criales
Rutgers University
“To Pray for Ourselves: Christian Indian Spaces in the United States and Mexico, 1732-1867”

Peggy Beedle
University of California Santa Barbara
“Exploring Forgotten Places: Mission Ranchos in Alta California”

Scarlet L. Muñoz Ramirez
Central Michigan University
“Coloniality and the Construction of Racial Identity in New Spain, from the periphery to the center: Atlixo, Puebla 1570-1690”

Charlton Yingling
University of South Carolina
“Colonialism Unreveling: Reigion, Radicalism, and the Franciscan Family in Santo Domingo During the Age of Revolutions”

Daniel Cano
“Transforming Schools for Progress” Mapuche and Guarani Mission Schools in Chilean Bolivia, 1900-1950″

Laura Dierksmeier
“Franciscan and Aztec Cofraternities in Mexico, 1526-1650: Innovative Social Assistance and Poor Relief Based on Moral Theology”

Cesar Favila
University of Chicago
“Music in Conceptionist Convents of New Spain (1610-1790)”

Klint Ericson
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
“Sumptuous and Beautiful, As They Were: Architectural Form and Everyday Life in a Seventeenth-Century New Mexico Mission”

Ryne Clos
Notre Dame
“The Long Road to Canaan: Conscientizacion, Mobilization, and Peasant Identity in Nicaragua, 1925-1929”

Cameron Jones
Ohio State University
“The Missionaries of Santa Rosa de Ocopa on the Frontiers of Bourbon Peru, 1700 – 1824”

Mark Christensen
Penn State University
“Nahua and Maya Catholicisms: Ecclesiastical Texts and Local Religion in Colonial Central Mexico and Yucatan.”

Dorothee Kaupp
Universite Laval
“Space and Missionary Identity: the Franciscan Recollects in New-France during the 17th to 18th Centuries.”

Jay T. Harrison
Catholic University of America
“The Formation and Pastoral Thought of Franciscan Missionaries to Texas from the Propaganda Fide Colleges of New Spain, 1690-1821.”

Erika R. Hosselkus
Tulane University
“Faith and Final Acts: Franciscans, Nahuas, and Death in Colonial Puebla and Tlaxcala.”

David Rex Galindo
Southern Methodist University
“Educating the Mind, Saving the Soul: Franciscans and their Missionary Training in the Colleges for the Propagation of the Faith of New Spain, 1683-1830s.”

Veronica Gutierrez
University of California, Los Angeles
“From Mesoamerican Holy Site to Franciscan EvangelizationCenter: Nahuas, Friars, and the Negotiation of Christianity in 16th Century San Pedro Cholula.”

Jonathan Truitt
Tulane University
“Constructing Colonial Society: Franciscans and Nahuas at Mexico City’s Friaty of San Francisco, 1524-1700.”
Completed 2009

Nuno Senos
New York University
“Franciscan Patronage in Northeastern Brazil (1650-1800)”

Andrea Lepage
Brown University
“The Arts of the Franciscan Colegio de San Andres in Quito: A Process of Cultural (Re)formation.”

Jose Refugio de la Torre Curiel
University of California, Berkeley
“Conquering the Frontier: Contests for Religion, Survival and Profits in Sonora, 1768-1835”

Guillermo Antonio Najera Najera
El Colegio de Mexico
“Los franciscanos de las Provincias de Mexico y Michoacan durante la epoca tridentina, 1572-1749”

Paul-Andre Dubois
Universite Laval, Quebec City
“Sung Liturgy in Vernacular Languages in Indian Missions of New France During the 17th and 18th Centuries”

Maria M. Marsilli Cardoza
Emory University
“God and Evil in the Gardens of the Andean South: Mid-Colonial Rural Religion in the Diocese of Arequipa”
Completed 2003

Kristin Dutcher Mann
Northern Arizona University
“The Power of Song: Music in the Missions of Northern New Spain”
Completed 2003