Faculty Grants

Grant Opportunities

The Nanovic Institute is excited to support substantive projects that enliven European study at the University of Notre Dame through a competitive funding process. Current grant opportunities available to Notre Dame faculty include: 

Application 

Please use this budget template for all requests.

All requests must be submitted through the following portal:

Faculty Request Portal

Please note these Institute funding policies:

1) as a general rule, the Institute will not make direct, lump-sum transfers of funds. Our grant will generally take the form of paying bills directly or making a payment in response to an expense report.  

2) grant applications received after the deadlines indicated below cannot be considered; and

3) the Institute will give preference to proposals that demonstrate cost-sharing from other sources, whenever relevant. The Institute encourages requests from all fields, including those related to its enhanced mission (policy issues), described below.

Faculty should continue to make requests that emerge from their research and teaching needs. The Nanovic remains committed to an interdisciplinary and historically deep understanding of Europe. But with our move to Keough, our mission has grown to include these

New Policy Areas 

As one of the core academic units of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Nanovic Institute is poised to make signal contributions to the study of contemporary European policy.

Such contributions will come from its unique set of strengths. With deep expertise in history, theology, philosophy, political science, the fine arts, and many of the European languages and cultures (to name just a few of our partnering departments), the Institute can offer rich perspectives of historical, ethical, and aesthetic dimension to the discussion of policy in Europe today. Consequently, in line with the School’s focus on policy and practice, and in line with its commitment to pursuing "integral human development," the Institute encourages faculty bring their training in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences to bear on questions and topics that may also have contemporary implications in the following areas:

*Immigration and the Challenge to National Identities. The arrival of migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa directly fueled the rise of right-wing populist leaders throughout Europe. How can such challenges be met both effectively and in a way that respects human dignity? 

*Religion and the Secular State. In Europe today, it is impossible to ignore religious prejudice (e.g. Islamophobia), assertions of authentic or spurious religious identity, and the role of the secular state either as a mediating institution or force for religious or anti-religious bias. How have assertions of religious identity challenged definitions of political identity? The situation of eastern European Christianity is especially interesting in the consideration of such questions.

*European Integration and the Fate of the EU. After the catastrophe of two major world wars, political leaders in Europe sought to create supranational economic and political institutions that would integrate nations and reduce the incentives for conflict between them. What has been the fate of such projects, and how can they be improved? How has political populism affected European democracy and peace? To what extent are political changes in Europe affecting Europe's relationships around the world?

Will all future supported projects be required to be policy-oriented? By no means. The above topics and questions are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to preclude other topics of research. We will indeed continue to support a wide variety of endeavors to maintain our distinctive profile as the only European Studies institute that has deep roots in the arts and humanities.

Grant Support Information

Beyond the Classroom Grant

The level of Institute support will not exceed $3,000.

Payment arrangements for Beyond the Classroom Grants will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Instructions will be provided in an award letter. For small requests (e.g. bus trips to Chicago, ticket purchases), payments will be handled either directly or via an expense report.

Faculty-Led Student Trip Grant

This program provides funding for faculty-led student trips and seminars in Europe. Three or four grants of up to $20,000 will be made each year, with one set aside for graduate student groups pending interest. 

Such trips are typically site-specific opportunities for immersive European studies. Trips are typically short-term (5-7 days), and may (but need not) connect to a course. They might take place during fall, winter, or spring break; or some time in the summer. Applications received fewer than four months in advance of the trip will be denied.

Please note that Notre Dame International provides health and safety resources for faculty and students. Undergraduate students traveling abroad are required to register their travel via the NDI Travel Registry.

Individual Grant for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work

The maximum contribution will be $3,000 for proposed initiatives in Europe and $2,000 for those that take place in the United States. Faculty must also make use of their Research and Professional Development accounts and/or other funds available to them for research or creative activity.

The Institute can either make payments for specific expenses (e.g. flights from Anthony Travel) or provide reimbursements after the fact for expenses indicated by receipt or invoice.

Research Cluster Grant

The Research Cluster Grant program provides annual funding of up to $10,000 to support multi-disciplinary faculty projects that advance outstanding research, scholarship, or creative endeavor in European studies around an identified theme.

While faculty are required to define a theme at the proposal stage, the program is structured to provide flexibility and autonomy for the project’s participants so that they can identify and shape the outcomes and outputs after the grant has been awarded.

Based on annual reports, funding may be renewable for up to three consecutive years. Projects should lead to a significant outcome within the grant period. 

Speaker Support Grant

The maximum contribution will be $2,000 for speakers traveling from Europe and $1,500 for those traveling within Europe (e.g. to global gateways) or to South Bend from locations in the United States. Honoraria shall not exceed $250 (class visit), $500 (class visit and public lecture), or $750 (more extensive visit). Grants for honoraria in excess of these guidelines will be rare and require additional justification.

As in the case of research/creative grants, the Institute can either make direct payments for specific expenses (e.g. flights from Anthony Travel), or provide reimbursements after the fact for expenses indicated by receipt or invoice.

Conference and Workshop Support

The maximum contribution will be $5,000.

If the request comes from a Fellow in Arts and Letters, s/he will need to provide the budget from Academic Conferences at ISLA. For symposia outside the Office of Academic Conferences, the Institute can either make payments for specific expenses (e.g. flights from Anthony Travel) or provide reimbursements after the fact for expenses indicated by receipt or invoice. Payment instructions will be provided in an award letter.

Conference and Workshop Sponsorship

If seeking a major co-sponsor of a conference or workshop, the Institute will consider funding contributions in excess of $5,000.  

Please note that proposals for conference or workshop sponsorship that are received fewer than six months in advance of the event dates may not be considered for funding.

Berlin Seminar in Transnational European Studies

This program brings together a total of twenty participants from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia for a fully-paid, one-week residential seminar in Berlin the first week of June each year. The next seminar will run from Sunday, May 31 to Saturday, June 6, 2020. The program is open to faculty and graduate students, across all academic disciplines, with a substantive interest in the study of transnational Europe. The program features speakers hailing from countries all across Europe who represent expertise in areas such as international affairs, art, film, literature, environmental history and policy, political science, economics, government, and journalism. Discussions are in English. As part of your grant application, we request a current CV and a cover letter detailing how the seminar would benefit your research, teaching, and/or programming. Graduate students are also asked to include a letter of recommendation from a graduate advisor or major professor.

Deadlines

November 4, 2020
February 3, 2020
April 20, 2020

Questions

For more information about faculty grant opportunities, please contact Grant Osborn, assistant director, by phone at 1-3545, by email at gosborn@nd.edu, or by appointment. Please direct financial questions to Melanie Webb, operations assistant director, by phone at 1-5253, by email at mwebb2@nd.edu, or by appointment.