The Ciocca Center is delighted to welcome 15 new Röpke-Wojtyła fellows to campus during the 2017-18 academic year!

The Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship is a program to educate future Catholic intellectuals and business leaders in the moral and economic defense of the free enterprise system as instructed by Catholic social thought. It is a call on young Catholics to take up the project of reconstruction of a free and moral society amidst the social tensions of our time, by encouraging the next generation to critically engage in an intellectual tradition they might not otherwise encounter during their studies. This tradition finds its roots in the works of Aristotle, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the scholastics among others, and spans forward into the Austrian school of economics. Wilhelm Röpke’s humane economics and Karol Wojtyła’s rich anthropology are quasi-contemporary, exemplars of the approach.

The Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowships are awarded to outstanding undergraduate students majoring in a variety of disciplines. Selected students will be in their senior year of college during the fellowship.

Röpke-Wojtyła Fellows participate in three one-day colloquia in Washington, DC; participate in Acton University in Grand Rapids, MI at the close of the year; and end the fellowship with a short seminar where they discuss a paper they have written. At all these events, students will interact with exceptional and inspiring scholars.

  • Röpke-Wojtyła Fellows receive a fellowship of $5,000 in four installments.
  • Additionally, all expenses (travel, lodging and food) to participate in the colloquia will be paid.
  • The application process for the 2018-19 Fellowship will open in February, 2018.

Inquiries should be sent to: attention Dr. Frederic Sautet, co-founder of the Ciocca Center and Executive Director of the Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship.