Collaborative Faculty Grants promote innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary research on issues closely aligned with the Kellogg Institute core research themes, democracy and human development. Collaborative projects might include the expansion of faculty members’ current projects or the instigation of new collaborative ventures.

The Institute seeks to support scholarly projects that have significant interdisciplinary and collaborative components and an ambitious mix of programmatic elements. Funded projects will transcend those eligible for Kellogg funding in the categories of individual faculty research, working group, or conference support.

By providing a strong financial incentive for fellows to undertake major research projects, especially collaborative and longer-term ones, the Institute hopes to foster more, and more significant, innovative research that will make major contributions to scholarship on its core themes.

Among other things, Kellogg especially seeks to support research that:

  • Crosses disciplinary boundaries and leads to crossfertilization across regions and themes;
  • Links important normative and theoretical work with high-level empirical research;
  • Unites its core themes of democracy and human development;
  • Uses a multidisciplinary approach to address complex problems of development;
  • Integrates research on religion and democracy/human development as a transversal theme; and/or
  • Contributes to relevant contemporary debates on public policy.


Project leaders must be Kellogg faculty fellows, although all participants in the collaborative project need not be.

Programmatic elements may include but are not limited to: working groups; workshops, roundtables, short-term visitors, and conferences; course buy-outs; team-taught seminars or courses; and graduate student assistance.


Project funding may typically run between $10,000 and $70,000 for one or two years.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek and priority is given to projects with financial support from other sources, both internal and external to Notre Dame.

Application Guidelines

Proposals should be no more than eight double-spaced pages (not including budget and CVs) and should include:

  • 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, significance, and relation to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute; (2) the methods that will be employed to answer the question; (3) a statement of expected accomplishments during the period for which funding is requested; (4) a statement regarding the anticipated scholarly product; and (5) if funding for a graduate or undergraduate assistant is requested, a description of how the student will participate in the research
  • An explanation of the collaboration to be undertaken, as well as the innovative intellectual and/or program building importance of the project and its relevance to Kellogg priorities
  • An outline of the project’s scope over one or two years
  • A project timeline
  • A delineation of the specific components for which funding is sought
  • Abbreviated (2-3 page) CVs that highlight recent publications and other relevant work of key project participants
  • An itemized project budget and budget justification

Award Criteria

  • Intellectual merit
  • Fit with Kellogg priorities and potential to make a significant impact in its core thematic areas
  • Degree of collaborative interdisciplinarity and potential for sustainable collaboration with interesting partners
  • Potential for future publication
  • Potential for further external funding

Proposal Submission and Review

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

Collaborative Grant proposals with budgets exceeding $20,000 will be evaluated by the Grants Committee AND the Faculty Committee. The Grants Committee may award up to $20,000. The Faculty Committee may consider additional funding for 0–2 projects in any year, contingent on budgetary resources.

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