Break Travel and Research Grants for Sophomores and Juniors


The Break Travel and Research Grant provides seed funding for educational and research projects in European studies. Open to juniors and sophomores, the grant is intended to support well-focused, short-term exploratory trips conducted over fall, winter, or spring break so that students can take advantage of experiences and resources unavailable to them at Notre Dame.


  • September 13, 2017 for fall break trips
  • November 6, 2017 for winter break trips
  • February 2, 2018 for spring break trips

Maximum Award

$2500. Funds are typically paid as a one-time sum.

Number of Awards

Multiple. The exact number of grants awarded per year will depend on merit and available funds.


Applicants must be enrolled as a sophomore or junior at the University of Notre Dame and scheduled to return the following semester.

How to Apply

Please familiarize yourself with our full guidelines listed below before logging into the application.  You will not be able to save and return to your application.

The Nanovic Institute is now using Formsite for all undergraduate grant applications.  

APPLY NOW: Complete the Undergraduate Student Application Form


Application Guidelines

We recommend that you collect all necessary materials before logging into the application. You will receive instruction on how to upload materials during the application process.

A complete application consists of the following distinct parts:

Student Portion (due by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline day)
• a two- to three-page project description (11 point sans serif font, 1.5 line spacing, no kerning, one-inch margins) 
• a detailed budget statement
• a current curriculum vitae or résumé

Faculty Portion (due within 48 hours of the deadline)
• a completed evaluation form
• a letter of recommendation

The project description should include the project’s goal, rationale, connection to course of study or professional aspiration, work plan and/or methods, and schedule/itinerary.

The budget statement should detail the project’s travel and research costs in US 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 grant funds may not be used toward the purchase of materials or toward payment on a rental car.

The letter of recommendation and evaluation form should be from a faculty member at Notre Dame who is familiar with the student’s academic work and who has agreed to serve as an advisor for the project.  The faculty member will be prompted by the sytem after you have completed the student portion of the application form.  You will be notified by email when each faculty reference has completed their portion of the form.

A complete student portion of the application must be submitted to the online application form no later than 11:59pm on the deadline day. Letters of recommendation may be submitted up to two days past the grant deadline day, and 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 the institute’s associate director, and decisions will be announced in writing within three weeks of the submission deadline. Please note that application materials will not be returned.  It is our policy that the student waives the right to view all recommendation letter(s) unless permission is expressly denied by email to the Nanovic Institute.  Please send a separate email to the Student Coordinator of the Nanovic Institute.

Terms & Conditions:  Grant recipients are required to obtain the proper permissions for international travel from the Notre Dame International 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 end of the relevant break. Nanovic-sponsored travel may not interfere with class attendance or completion of final exams as scheduled without receiving express permission from faculty in advance.

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, bereavement, 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 high-resolution digital photograph (3000 pixels wide or larger) of the recipient on location during the project.  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. Review deadlines, submission process, and information about IRB education and training may be found on the Notre Dame Research website.

Questions concerning whether your research qualifies as human subject research should be directed to the Notre Dame Research at 631-1461 or

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