Inaugural Summer Residency

Inaugural Summer Residency

The Hildebrand Project is pleased to announce a new summer residency program to support MA and PhD students, postdocs, and scholars working on Dietrich von Hildebrand or in conversation with some aspect of his thought.

Participants will have the chance to work with a faculty deeply versed in the totality of Dietrich von Hildebrand’s oeuvre, to present drafts of an MA thesis, dissertation chapter, or scholarly article, and to do so in the company of peers. The daily schedule will include seminar-style presentations of work-in-progress, one-on-one conversation with faculty, and free time for writing and informal conversation with fellow participants.

While a focus on Hildebrand is the key condition for eligibility, the Hildebrand Project invites work that brings his thought into conversation with:

  • Philosophical traditions like analytic philosophy or phenomenology 
  • Specific contemporary issues in emotion theory, virtue ethics, aesthetics, etc. 
  • The intersection of faith and reason and the rehabilitation of reason in the sense of Wojtyla and Ratzinger 
  • The broader Catholic intellectual tradition, especially efforts to locate Hildebrand within this tradition 
  • Jewish, Protestant, and Orthodox philosophical and theological thought 

We also welcome applicants working on other philosophers, such as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, John Henry Newman, Edmund Husserl, Adolf Reinach, Max Scheler, Edith Stein, Karol Wojtyla, Romano Guardini, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Jacques Maritain, Joseph Ratzinger, Norris Clarke SJ, Emmanuel Levinas, Joseph Soloveitchik, Dallas Willard, et alia, in dialogue with Hildebrand.

The residency will take place immediately prior to the Hildebrand Project’s 9th annual summer seminar, this year on the theme, The Care of the Soul: Rethinking Virtue in the Contemporary World. Residency attendees will have the option to stay on through the seminar and may request a scholarship to defray the seminar fee.


John F. Crosby is professor and director of the MA Program in Philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He has published extensively on the philosophy of the human person. He was a student and friend of Dietrich von Hildebrand, and during his ten years teaching at John Paul II's Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family in Rome was deeply formed through personal and philosophical encounters with the Holy Father. He is a Senior Fellow at the Hildebrand Project, which he co-founded. His latest book is The Personalism of John Henry Newman

Josef 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. Since his childhood (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.



Attendees will submit an outline and chapter of a thesis, dissertation, or writing project for prior review by residency faculty. Submissions will be due May 30. The daily schedule will be a blend of private consultations with faculty, group discussions of work-in-progress, and time for reading and writing. Attendees will have access to the Franciscan University library, which boast a substantial phenomenology collection, gym, grounds, and nearby restaurants.

Hildebrand Project events are intellectual and convivial. The days are devoted to formal sessions, while the evenings are free—and often devoted to wine, music, and conversation.

Meals will be held in common, with an opening dinner on Sunday, June 30 and a closing barbeque on July 4 in celebration of Independence Day.

How to Apply

The seminar is open to MA and PhD students, postdocs, philosophers, and individuals otherwise engaged in advanced intellectual writing.

The application process is based on interest but subject to space limitations.

The application window ends April 30, 2019. The application is available online here.

Room, Board, and Travel

The seminar will be held on the campus of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where participants will be lodged in university housing.

Participants will have access to the university library, internet, and other basic amenities.

Attendees will receive full room and board. Travel to and from Pittsburgh International Airport will be provided. Parking will be available on campus for those who drive. Attendees are responsible for their own travel costs.

Fees and Scholarships

Room and board are fully subsidized thanks to the generosity of our benefactors.

The only cost is a non-refundable registration fee of $75 upon admittance.

Limited assistance for travel will be considered on a first-come basis.


June 30 – July 5, 2019


Franciscan University of Steubenville


The schedule is online here.

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