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Kellogg Institute Graduate Research Grants

The purpose of this grant is to support Notre Dame Ph.D. or JSD students involved in overseas (or, if demonstrably appropriate, in the United States) research in international studies, addressing the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute.  The grant is not intended to be a substitute for seeking external support for dissertation research but instead to fill gaps in other funding or to enable exploratory trips that will strengthen students’ ability to prepare externally competitive dissertation proposals.


Monday, October 12, 2015 and Monday, February 29, 2016


Student applicants must be enrolled in graduate school at the University of Notre Dame and be in good standing. Preference is given to students in a doctoral program and with the equivalent of two years of full-time graduate study prior to the beginning date of their proposed research. Students applying for this award are not eligible to apply for the Institute's Dissertation Year Fellowship in the same academic year. The selection committee will prioritize applicants who have not previously held a Kellogg Institute graduate research grant. We will consider funding a previous holder of this grant only if the second proposal is demonstrably quite different from the first. A previous winner must make a convincing case that the second proposal is quite different. Priority will be given to student proposals that show potential for external financial support, e.g., dissertation grants from foundations.

Levels of Support

Funding is available for a variety of project costs, including research materials and assistance as well as travel. Individual grants will not normally exceed $7,000, and proposals will be considered for any amount below this figure. Applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in most cases the Institute will adjust its award.

Application Procedure

GradsA complete application consists of the following submitted to our online application:

  • Application form.

  • A project description, of not more than 3,000 words (excluding bibliography and budget), that clearly identifies (1) the research question to be addressed, its background, significance within the researcher's field and relation to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute; (2) the research methods to be employed to answer the question; (3) the body of materials to be used; (4) a statement of the applicant's expected accomplishments during the period for which Graduate Research support is requested. Proposals that exceed the limit may be downgraded.

  • A short bibliography.

  • A proposed budget. The Kellogg Institute will support per diems for food up to 50% of the domestic and international rates available on the State Department website at

  • A curriculum vitae.

  • The name and email address for two recommenders, one from a faculty advisor and one from another faculty member.

  • An electronic transcript.

Criteria for Evaluating Proposals

  • Quality of the proposal, including its potential for innovation, e.g., in research methodology.

  • Student's academic record

  • Relation of the research to Kellogg's priority themes of democracy and human development.

  • Potential for future support from foundations.

  • Potential for publication.

  • Budget appropriateness.

GradsWe highly recommend that applicants read the article "On the Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to JCLAS Competitions" by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon. Copies are available in the office of the Program Coordinator and on line.

Research Involving Human Subjects

Any research or experimentation involving human subjects must be approved by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (HSIRB). Please visit for information regarding policies and procedures.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Denise Wright
Program Coordinator
Kellogg Institute, 237 Hesburgh Center





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