The Kellogg Institute provides limited support for faculty-led student travel in connection with for-credit course offerings or other well-defined educational opportunities.

Grants of up to $5,000 fund international educational opportunities for groups of Notre Dame students that are directed or supervised by Notre Dame faculty or staff members.


The proposed activity must be within the field of international studies or have a clear international dimension, and must relate to one of the Institute's thematic areas of democracy and/or human development. Proposals must clearly indicate the international educational goals of the activity and the relationship to Kellogg themes.

Field trips must offer a substantive international immersion experience consistent with the goals of a course or defined educational activity. Requests to support non-credit activities must make explicit the connection between the proposed activity and academic work or educational goals. (Requests to fund service or cultural trips without clearly defined academic objectives will not be considered.)

A Notre Dame faculty or staff member must serve as a course leader or supervisor to the student group, and must accompany the students throughout the field experience.

The proposed travel cannot infringe on regularly scheduled class time.

Grants will typically not exceed $5,000. The Institute will not usually fund an ongoing project for multiple years. Continual funding will normally be reserved for programs in which Kellogg is directly involved.

Grantees will be expected to submit a report detailing how the activity achieved the educational goals outlined in the proposal. Student participants are also asked to meet with one of the Institute’s student programs coordinators within a month of returning to the University after the field experience.

Application Guidelines

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to contact the Institute to discuss the proposed activity. Sharon Schierling, Associate Director ([email protected]) serves as the primary contact and can direct inquiries to other staff members who can provide additional assistance.

Proposals should include:

  • A brief abstract (150 words)

  • Specifics about the proposed activity (who? what? when? where? why?), including a plan for orientation to prepare students prior to travel and for reentry follow-up to encourage academic reflection on the experience and/or integration of the experience into the students’ academic program(s)

  • A clear specification of the connection to academic work or educational goals and the relationship to Kellogg themes (democracy and/or human development)

  • An itemized budget and budget justification. The budget should show both the full cost of the project and the amount requested from Kellogg, and should indicate what other groups are being approached for funding, and how much funding has already been secured. You are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in some cases, e.g., if duplicate funding is received, the Institute may adjust the award.

Proposal Submission

Proposals must be submitted by the faculty or staff member teaching the course or leading the international educational activity.

Proposals must be received at least 60 days in advance of proposed travel.

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.