The Institute offers individual and collaborative research grants to support summer and academic-year research by Kellogg faculty fellows in all disciplines.

Funding is available for a variety of project costs, including but not limited to the following:

  • Travel expenses associated with field research, travel to collections, collaboration with coauthors and, in collective research projects, with other individuals involved in the project.
  • Communication with colleagues and institutions in other countries for research or other professional purposes.
  • Acquisition of research materials, including electronic databases, books, manuscripts, microfilm, etc.
  • Computer software (but not hardware) for research purposes.
  • Research assistance, including graduate or undergraduate assistants or independent contractors. Graduate and undergraduate student assistants must be involved in the faculty fellow’s research and writing in ways that contribute to the student’s intellectual formation. Awards will not support clerical or secretarial help.
  • Editorial support and/or publication subvention.
  • Travel to research meetings and workshops in cases in which other Notre Dame funding does not exist or is not sufficient.

Proposals will be accepted for most research-related expenses; proposals should justify the relevance and importance of proposed expenses. Proposals may include multiple dimensions (e.g., two field trips, one field trip plus research assistance, etc.)

Funding Amount

Individual grants will not normally exceed $10,000. The Grants Committee will consider proposals for any amount up to this figure.

However, in exceptional cases, the Grants Committee may consider grants of up to $20,000 on projects involving extensive field research.

The Faculty Committee may supplement those awards with additional amounts for major collaborative research projects. See Collaborative Faculty Grants

Applicants must notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; the Institute may adjust the award accordingly. No duplicate funding (that is, funding for the same purpose) is allowed.

Application Guidelines

The exact nature of the application depends on the request.

To request funding for a research project, please submit all of the following:

  • A brief abstract (150 words)
  • A project description of not more than 2,500 words (excluding bibliography and budget), which clearly identifies: (1) the research question to be addressed, its background and significance within your field, and its relation to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute; (2) the methods you will employ to answer the question; (3) the body of materials to be used; (4) a statement of your expected accomplishments during the period for which you are requesting funding; (5) a very brief statement of your anticipated scholarly product (e.g., an article, a series of articles, a book); and (6) if funding for a graduate or undergraduate assistant is requested, a description of how the student will participate in the research
  • A short bibliography
  • An abbreviated (2-3 page) CV that highlights recent publications and other relevant work
  • A detailed line-item budget and narrative budget justification
  • A list of other sources from which the applicant is or will be requesting funding. As noted above, applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source. Indicate other funding already committed and the source of funding for any overage (e.g., research account, personal funding, etc.)

To request funding to travel to a scholarly conference for which other Notre Dame funding is not available or sufficient, please submit a letter indicating:

  • what the conference is and its significance in your field
  • when and where it will be held
  • what your participation at the conference will be (if presenting a keynote or invited lecture, please include a copy of the invitation)
  • how your participation in the conference will contribute to your scholarshipand to the Kellogg research agenda
  • what your budgetary needs are

The Institute will prioritize conference participation for fellows giving papers on research related to Kellogg themes of democracy and human development.

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

  • Quality of the proposal, including its potential for innovation, e.g., in research methodology (An interdisciplinary committee of Kellogg Faculty Fellows reviews proposals. Accordingly, even though you should address the normal guidelines of proposals within your discipline, please also make sure that the importance and originality of your project and your methodology are clear to someone outside it. Proposals must meet high professional standards in presentation, including spelling, grammar, and proper budgeting)
  • Potential for publication
  • For major requests, potential for further support (e.g., from foundations). Whenever possible, it is hoped that Kellogg Institute research funds serve as "seed funding" for future additional outside funding. If there is interest in a larger project, the proposal should be explicit about how the applicant plans to approach outside sources. If external funding will not be sought, please explain why not (e.g., in some fields it may be the case that external funding is much more challenging and/or the topic doesn't fit traditional outside sources).
  • Budgetary appropriateness

Proposal Submission

Please submit your proposal electronically to: Sharon Schierling, Associate Director ([email protected]).

Proposals are evaluated four times per academic year by a faculty Grants Committee.

Proposal submission deadlines for the 2016–17 academic year follow:

Mon, Sept 19, 2016
Mon, Nov 28, 2016
Mon, Feb 13, 2017
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Director Sharon Schierling (1-8524; [email protected]) to discuss your proposal prior to submitting it for committee review.