Their average age was 57.3 years: 63.4 years for priests, 29.9 years for scholastics, and 65.5 years for brothers.The current Superior General of the Jesuits is Arturo Sosa.This represents a 41.5% decline since 1977, when the society had a total membership of 28,038, of which, 20,205 were priests.On 1 January 2007, members served in 112 nations on six continents with the largest number in India and the US.American citizens and residents of the United States may use their Franklin awards at home or abroad. Applicants who have previously received a Franklin grant may reapply after an interval of two years. Note that letters of support must directly address the project outlined in the proposal. It is also within easy reach of the National Library of Scotland, the Central City Library, the National Galleries and Museums, the library of the Society of Antiquaries in Scotland, the library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and the National Archives of Scotland.Submission of letters through Interfolio is discouraged as these letters are often too long (and may be truncated at the point at which they reach limit of allowable space) and not related to the project at hand. About 20 scholars can be accommodated in the Institute at any one time, and each has a private office with a computer, telephone, and internet access. prior to the date of the application, although an exception will be made if you are merely waiting for the degree to be conferred. What is the difference between “inclusive dates of trip or project” and “specific dates for APS support? The first refers to the full time frame of a trip or project, and the second asks for the exact time period during which APS funds would be needed. If I do not submit my application on or before October 1, will it automatically be retained or will it disappear? If your application shows the status “in progress” on October 2, you will be able to continue working on it and submit it for the December 1 deadline. Are the letters of support due after the application deadline? Letters of support are due on the application deadline.Further information about the IASH, including current research themes, is available at What constitutes “work of doctoral character and quality”? In general, publications should be scholarly in nature and length, with extensive footnotes and possibly, though not necessarily, peer reviewed. If I have received a grant in the past, may I apply for an award for a new project? Yes, you may apply to the program again after an interval of two years. The program information states that “the Society is particularly interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate.” Are senior scholars ever funded? All proposals are judged on their merits, and awards are made accordingly. The best approach is to send them a copy of your statement or otherwise discuss the project with them ahead of the deadline. Must I wait until the letters have been received before submitting my application? No, you may submit the application as soon as you are finished with it.That said, given the goal of stretching our resources as far as possible, a junior scholar will be favored over his or her senior colleague when several applicants are competing for the same funds. May I submit multiple applications in a given cycle requesting funding for different projects? No, only one application may be submitted for a given competition, meaning that each applicant can submit one request for funding for either the October 1 or December 1 deadline in a given year. Check the status of your letters by logging into your account and using the “track references” link.
Ignatius of Loyola, a Basque nobleman from the Pyrenees area of northern Spain, founded the society after discerning his spiritual vocation while recovering from a wound sustained in the Battle of Pamplona.
Ignatius's plan of the order's organization was approved by Pope Paul III in 1540 by a bull containing the "Formula of the Institute".
Ignatius was a nobleman who had a military background, and the members of the society were supposed to accept orders anywhere in the world, where they might be required to live in extreme conditions.
The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents.
Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits.