For Faculty


Individuals interested in becoming a Faculty Fellow must be a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and nominated by a current fellow or the Director. Nominations may be emailed to the Assistant Director, Grant Osborn ( Learn more about our Faculty Fellows and their fields of study. 

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: 


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 encompass additional research priorities. These priorities 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.

EURO Course Development and Teaching Grant

This program provides up to $2500 to faculty for the development and teaching of undergraduate courses in the following categories:

All faculty who submit course proposals that meet eligibility requirements will receive a $500 grant in their research account, even if the proposal is ultimately unsuccessful. Successful applicants will receive another $2000, in two $1000 disbursements, at the start of the first two semesters in which the class is taught. These funds can be paid into faculty research accounts or added to salary, in which case they will be subject to taxation. As integration courses require the participation of at least two faculty from two departments, any grant awards to proposals in this category will be divided amongst the faculty as appropriate.

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 sometime 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 North America. 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. 

Seed Grant

The Seed Grant provides funds of up to $10,000 to establish programs of research, scholarship, or creative endeavor relevant to European studies. The projects must have (1) a European focus and (2) either (a) demonstrable policy relevance or (b) the ability to develop into a project that receives external grant funding. 

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.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Tuesday, March 9, 2021


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