The Kellogg Institute recognizes the importance of academic conferences and acknowledges the financial barriers that graduate students may face in attending such conferences. The primary purpose of these awards is to support travel to academic conferences where graduate students will present papers. We will also consider requests to participate in other forums where graduate students present their work. (In the latter case, a copy of the formal invitation must be submitted with the application.)


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to travel.


The related research must pertain to international studies, addressing one or more of the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute.

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program and in good standing in the departments of Economics, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Sociology, or Theology, or in the JSD Program in International Human Rights, and be a Kellogg Institute Graduate Student Affiliate.

  • Applications require that students exhaust departmental and Graduate School support (if it exists).

  • We will offer students conference funding no more than two times in an academic year and no more than three times during their time in graduate school.

TravelLevels of Support

Individual grants will not normally exceed $1,250. Proposals will be considered for any amount below this figure. Applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in most cases the Institute will adjust its award.

Application Procedure

A complete application consists of the following submitted to our online application:

  • Conference Grant Application form
  • A letter that explains:
    How this conference will contribute to your scholarship and the connection between this work and the themes of the Institute
  • An up-to-date Graduate CV
  • A budget that lists your budgetary needs with:
    Supporting documentation of anticipated expenses including information on other sources of funding. The Kellogg Institute will support per diems up to 50% for food of the domestic and international rates available on the State Department website at www.GSA.gov.
  • Documentation of conference participation
    Please upload document showing confirmation of conference participation (e.g., written confirmation, conference program) or, if another forum, a copy of the formal invitation to present your research.
  • A letter of support from the student’s principal advisor
    You will be asked to provide the name and email address for your principal advisor who will receive notification from the system to upload a letter of recommendation

  • An official Notre Dame transcript
    (e-transcripts will be accepted)

In addition, please provide written confirmation of conference participation (e.g., conference program) or, if another forum, a copy of the formal invitation to present your research.

TravelCriteria for Evaluating Proposals

We highly recommend that applicants read the article "On the Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to JCLAS Competitions" by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon. Copies are available in the office of the Program Coordinator and on line.

Please submit your application to:

Our online application system with Fluid Review:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Denise Wright
Program Coordinator
Kellogg Institute
237 Hesburgh Center
Email: [email protected]

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