Graduate Travel and Research Grants
Purpose: The Graduate Travel & Research Grant supports graduate student research on topics in European studies, typically undertaken during the summer term, so that students can access sources of information necessary for the development or completion of their thesis or dissertation. The funding could be used as seed money for exploratory research into the scope or viability of a project or to support additional research on an established project. In some cases, this funding might also be used to support the completion of conference papers or papers for publication.
Deadline(s): March 1, 2013
Maximum Award: $5500. Funds are typically paid as a one-time sum.
Number of Awards: Multiple. The exact number of grants awarded will vary depending on the number of applications received, merit, and the amount of available funds.
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled as a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame and be in satisfactory academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA. Applicants may apply at any stage of their program, from matriculation to degree completion, but students must not be enrolled beyond the degree completion limits set by the Graduate School: ten semesters for master’s degree students and sixteen semesters for doctoral students. Eligible projects will demonstrate relevance for contemporary European Studies and have clear bearing on the applicant’s academic and professional goals.
Questions? Contact Jen Fulton, our Student Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Nanovic Institute is now using Formsite.com to collect Graduate Student Grant Applications.
Please complete the online form and upload your materials as prompted. Directors of Graduate Studies, Academic Advisors, and faculty supplying approval or letters of recommendation will be notified by the system to complete their portion of the application.
A complete application consists of the following distinct parts:
• a complete online application form
• a current curriculum vitae
• a three- to four-page project description
• a detailed budget statement
• two letters of recommendation
The project description should include the project’s objective, the research plan and/or methods designed to achieve this objective (including a schedule or itinerary if applicable), and the overall rationale for the project.
The budget statement should detail the project’s costs in U.S. dollars (USD) and should list the sources used to determine those costs. Include any exchange rates used in calculation. Budgets should also state the names and amounts of other funding already obtained for the project.
One letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s principal advisor. It should express the advisor’s support for the proposed research and should include comments regarding the applicant’s progress toward completion of his/her degree program. The second letter of recommendation should be from a different faculty member who is familiar with the student’s academic work.
Complete applications, including all letters of recommendation, should be submitted online no later than 11:59pm on the application day. Letters of recommendation may be submitted to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute directly, if desired.
Failure to submit all required materials promptly may result in the application being excluded from consideration. Complete applications will be considered by a committee of institute fellows and directors, and decisions will be announced in writing within six weeks of the submission deadline. Please note that application materials will not be returned.
Terms & Conditions: Once awarded, the funding must be used to conduct the project as proposed in the application (to the best of the recipient’s ability). Funded initiatives must be completed by the end of the next fall term (i.e. the end of the calendar year).
Combined funding from this grant and other sources may not exceed the project’s total budget, and applicants must promptly inform the Nanovic Institute of additional funding received at any point from application submission through completion of the research trip. Recipients must return any paid funds if they cancel the project and must repay any non-refundable expenses incurred by the Nanovic Institute (i.e. airfare directly paid) if cancellation is not due to illness or another justifying circumstance.
After conducting the project, grant recipients must provide the Nanovic Institute with a 500-1000 word report about the experience and its outcome, as well as at least one digital photograph of the recipient on location. Reports and photographs must be emailed to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute by the deadline communicated at the time of award. Unless permission is expressly denied, the Nanovic Institute will share these reports and photographs with its supporters.
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