Saint Mary's College Summer Travel & Research Grant

Purpose: The Saint Mary’s College Undergraduate Summer Travel & Research Grant provides funding to a student from Saint Mary’s College wishing to undertake an undergraduate research project in European Studies that aids in the development or completion of a thesis essay, paper, or senior comprehensive. The grant funds research trips conducted during the summer break so that students can access sources of information unavailable to them at Saint Mary’s College. This could include visits to archives and special library collections, the implementation of survey and other data collection, or strategic interviews with European scholars.

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Deadline: TBD

Maximum Award: TBD

Number of Awards: TBD

Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate at Saint Mary’s College and be returning for the next academic year. Students graduating at the end of the current academic year may not apply. Eligible projects will have a clear bearing on the applicant’s academic endeavors.

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Application Guidelines

A complete application consists of the following distinct parts:

  • a signed grant application form
  • a three- to four-page project description
  • a detailed budget statement
  • a current curriculum vitae or résumé
  • a letter of recommendation

The project description should include the project’s objective, the research plan and/or methods for achieving this objective (including a schedule or itinerary if applicable), and the overall rationale for the research project.

Writing Good Research Proposals

The budget statement should detail the project’s travel and research 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.

The letter of recommendation should be from a faculty member who is familiar with the student’s academic work and who has agreed to serve as an advisor for the project. Letters may be submitted in a sealed envelope with the faculty member’s signature over the seal, or may be submitted as an email attachment to the Student Coordinator at

Complete applications, including all letters of recommendation, should be submitted to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute no later than 5:00 pm on the deadline day. Applications may be submitted in person, or may be mailed:

Student Coordinator
Nanovic Institute for European Studies
214 Brownson Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5601

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: If traveling to Europe, grant recipients are required to obtain the proper permissions for international travel from the appropriate office prior to payment of awarded funds. The grant recipient is also required to submit a complete Health Questionnaire and to attend all required orientations. 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 research trips must be completed by the beginning of the next academic 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 trip. Recipients must return any paid funds if they cancel the trip and must repay any nonrefundable expenses incurred by the Nanovic Institute (i.e. airfare directly paid) if cancellation is not due to documented 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 retains permission to share these reports and photographs.

Research Involving Human Subjects – Institutional Review Board

Undergraduate students engaged in human subjects research (i.e., interaction with a living person or private information from existing data, documents, records or diagnostic specimens) must have their projects approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and pass the internet based training modules on the protection of human subjects.