Academic and Cultural Events

The Institute offers Kellogg faculty fellows funding to to organize extracurricular events such as lectures, seminars, and film series related to Kellogg research themes.

The Kellogg Institute makes available to faculty fellows small grants to support group events such as lectures, seminars, cultural events, films, or exhibitions that advance understanding of international studies and of Kellogg’s major themes in particular. The best proposals will bring together different elements of the Kellogg and/or Notre Dame communities in innovative ways.

Please use the tabs below to find information on Kellogg grants for academic and cultural events.

Kellogg faculty fellows are eligible for academic and cultural events grants, as described below.  Other Notre Dame faculty members or academic units organizing such events are eligible for Intramural grants (see here for details).  The proposed activity must be within the field of international studies or have a clear international dimension and the proposal must demonstrate the relationship to Kellogg research themes of the topic to be addressed.  

An interdisciplinary committee of Kellogg faculty fellows reviews grant proposals for  academic and cultural events. Accordingly, applicants should make sure that the significance of the event to the their field of study is clear to someone outside the applicant’s discipline.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relation to Kellogg core research theme(s) of democracy and/or human development
  • Significance of the event in the applicant’s field and/or connection between the proposed activity and academic work or educational goals
  • Involvement of Kellogg faculty fellows or student affiliates
  • Potential for engagement of the broader Notre Dame community
  • Overall quality of the proposal including presentation (e.g., spelling, grammar, and accurate budgeting)
  • Budgetary appropriateness (i.e., the requested expenses are justified as necessary to the actualization of the event).

The Institute will not typically sponsor activities that conflict with Kellogg events already on the Institute calendar.  Events Program Manager Therese Hanlon can provide information on availability of specific dates.  Applicants are encouraged to contact Therese before scheduling at 574-631-4150 or at

Allowable Expenses

Proposals will be accepted for most event expenses with justified relevance and importance to the event.

Funding is available for a variety of costs, including but not limited to the following:

  • GUEST TRAVEL -  Includes airfare, ground transportation, and lodging.
  • MEALS - Includes meals with presenters, receptions, and banquets.
  • PUBLICITY- Includes ad space, poster design, and printing.
  • FEES - Includes motion picture screening fees, venue rental fees, and performance group fees.
  • HONORARIA - Honoraria may be included for lectures and keynote addresses. Please note that the Kellogg Institute typically does not provide honoraria for conference participants/panelists.
Funding Amount

Kellogg makes grants of up to $5,000 for academic and cultural events organized by its faculty fellows.

In all cases, final determination of the amount awarded is at the discretion of the grants committee and will depend on their assessment of the specified needs in the proposal, budget, and justification.

Applicants must notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; the Institute may adjust the award accordingly. No duplicate funding (that is, funding for the same purpose) is allowed.  It is Kellogg Institute policy to transfer funds only after a final accounting of expenses and revenues (total funds contributed by other cosponsors) is provided.

NEW in 2018: All applicants must use the online portal for proposal submission and complete all requirements listed therein.

Proposals for event cosponsorship up to $1,000 will be evaluated on a rolling basis by the leadership team of the Institute and may be submitted at any time, at least three weeks in advance of the event.

Proposals for funding greater than $1,000 will be evaluated three times per academic year by a faculty grants committee.

Submission deadlines for the 2020–21 academic year:

  • Monday, September 14, 2020
  • Tuesday, December 1, 2020
  • Monday, January 25, 2021
  • Monday, April 12, 2021

Applicants are encouraged to contact Executive Director Don Stelluto (1-7873; to discuss proposals prior to submitting for committee review.

The complete application will require:

  • A brief abstract (150 words)
  • A description of the event that clearly identifies:
    - the topic;
    - the international focus or dimension;
    - its relation to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute;
    - the distinctiveness and timeliness of the event;
    - the target audience
  • An abbreviated (1-2 page) CV or link to a biography of lecturers or other external guests
  • A tentative agenda/schedule and logistical information (who, what, when, where, why), including any additional objectives for a guest’s visit
  • A list of other sources from which the applicant is or will be requesting funding
  • A detailed line-item budget (see budget template below)
  • A narrative budget justification that provides an explanation of your budget at a high level; it does not need to be extensive nor detail proposed expenditures line by line as your budget does that.  The goal of the justification, which can be brief, is to allow you to explain in narrative the rationale for the requested funds, why the requested amounts (e.g., number of trips, length of stay, etc) is necessary for the completion of your research, and how you calculated the amounts requested in order to demonstrate to the committee that the amounts requested are reasonable and not made up.

NEW in 2018: All applicants must use the online portal for proposal submission and complete all requirements listed therein.

To view a tutorial on the online portal, please click below.

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