The Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship is a program hosted by The Catholic University of America for Catholic undergraduate seniors from any institution across the United States. The purpose of the program is to educate future Catholic intellectuals and business leaders in the study of the market order and in social thought — and in particular Catholic social thought as it compares to more secular scholarship. Throughout the year, the fellows will discuss topics in history, philosophy, political economy, politics, and sociology.

The Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowship is a call on young Catholics to explore important questions of social philosophy, such as the makings of a good society, the civilizing aspect of commerce, and the tensions between markets and community. The Fellowship’s purpose is also to encourage the next generation to critically engage intellectual traditions and authors they might not otherwise encounter during their studies. St. Thomas Aquinas’ work on natural law, Charles Babbage’s analysis of automation, John Ruskin’s critique of political economy, Wilhelm Röpke’s assessment of the social framework for the market order, and Karol Wojtyła’s philosophy of the human person are some examples of the scholarship this Fellowship explores.

Röpke-Wojtyła Fellowships are awarded to outstanding senior level undergraduate students majoring in a variety of disciplines. Fellows participate in three one-day colloquia in Washington, DC, with a fourth gathering in Rome. At all these events, students interact with exceptional and inspiring scholars.

  • Röpke-Wojtyła Fellows receive a stipend of $3,500 in two installments.
  • Additionally, travel, lodging, and most meals for the colloquia are covered.

Dr. Frederic Sautet, a co-founder of the Ciocca Center and an Associate Professor in the Busch School of Business and Economics directs RWF, while Candace Mottice manages the program.

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 cohort. Rising seniors should send an email to rw-fellowship@cua.edu that includes a résumé, a current academic transcript, and a 500 word (max) personal statement explaining your academic career to-date, your intellectual interests and career goals, your expectations for the fellowship, as well as how you see the relationship between religion, society, and the marketplace. Applications are due May 15, 2019.

Any inquiries about RWF should also be sent to: rw-fellowship@cua.edu