For Undergraduates

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At the Nanovic Institute, we help to prepare students to conduct focused, original research in Europe. We also support high-quality internships and service opportunities, make it possible for students to learn European languages by immersion, and encourage students at every stage of their academic careers to see the world from a different perspective. 

  • Please familiarize yourself with our grant requirements before starting the application process. View deadlines.
  • Students receiving partial project funding from other Notre Dame offices and who meet with the Nanovic Institute's student coordinator for grant advising have an increased likelihood of success.
  • Note that these grants are not intended to fund study abroad programs, fee-based programs, or group projects.
  • Certain 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). It is the student's responsibility to review the guidelines and begin the IRB approval process (when necessary) prior to applying for a grant. Human research projects cannot receive funding without IRB approval.

New Research Priorities

Given the urgent problems facing Europe today, the Nanovic Institute now strongly encourages a "pivot to policy." By this we mean that faculty and students are now strongly encouraged bring their academic training, whether in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences, to bear on questions and topics that have contemporary implications in the following areas:

1. 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? 

2. Islamophobia, "Christian" Identity, and the Secular State. In Europe today, it is impossible to ignore religious prejudice, assertions of religious identity (spurious or otherwise), and the role of the secular state as a mediating institution between such forces. How have definitions of religious identity affected definitions of political identity, and what can be done to defuse such tensions?

3. Threats to Democracy and European Integration. After the catastrophe of two major world wars, political leaders sought to create supranational economic and political institutions in Europe (the European Union, EFTA, European Court of Human Rights, etc.) that would integrate nations and thereby 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? How are such changes affecting Europe's relationships around the world?

The above topics and questions are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to preclude other topics of research. The Institute still welcomes other topics in European studies and will support them. The Institute warmly invites such discussion.

Students should make special note that successful applicants have first discussed their proposals with appropriate faculty and Institute advisors. 

Make an Appointment

For guidance about the student grants process, contact:

Chris Stump
Student Coordinator 

Drop-In Advising Hours: Wednesday: 3:00 - 4:00pm; Thursday: 1 - 3:00pm  Additional appointments available by request

For guidance about your research question and methodology, contact:

Mark Kettler 
Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence

Drop-In Advising Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 1pm

Grant Deadlines

Research Grants

Fall Break (Deadline: September 12, 2018)
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors 
Senior Travel and Research Grants

Christmas Break (Deadline: November 5, 2018)
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors
Senior Travel and Research Grants

Spring Break (Deadline: February 4, 2019)
Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors
Senior Travel and Research Grants
FYS Spring Break Travel and Research Grants

Summer Recess (Deadline: February 22, 2019)
Summer Travel and Research Grants

Conference Presentation Grants (Accepted on a rolling basis until March 20, 2019)

Internship and Service Grants

Language Study