This grant offers financial support for professional training that helps graduate students become better prepared to enter the academic workplace. Kellogg created this opportunity in 2011 to provide support that is not otherwise available through departments or other campus sources.*


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the program.


Any graduate student enrolled in the departments of Economics, Political Science, History, Sociology, Theology, or in the JSD program in International Human Rights whose research interests pertain to international studies may apply.

Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program or the JSD program at the University of Notre Dame, be in good academic standing, and be a Kellogg Institute Graduate Student Affiliate. 

Students cannot combine applications for this award with any other award offered by the Kellogg Institute. 

Levels of Support

Individual grants will not normally exceed $1,500. Applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in some cases the Institute may adjust the award.

Application Procedure

A complete application consists of the following submitted to our online application system on Fluid Review:

Please submit:

  • Professionalization Application Form
  • A narrative summary: 
    A narrative summary that describes how the program proposed will support your overall training and career goals
  • An up-to-date Graduate CV
  • A budget: 
    With supporting documentation, of the expenses to be incurred, including information on other sources of funding. The Kellogg Institute will support per diems for food up to 50% of the domestic and international rates available on the State Department website at www.GSA.gov.
  • 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)

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

  • Relevance of proposed program to student’s overall career plan
  • Academic standing

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]

*Similar sources of funding: 

ISLA - Graduate Student Professional Development Awards 

Graduate School Professional Development Grants

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