Academic Conferences and Workshops

The Institute offers Kellogg faculty fellows funding to to organize academic conferences and workshops related to Kellogg research themes.

The Kellogg Institute promotes research excellence and aims to set the research agenda on issues critical to its core research themes of democracy and human development.  In order to deepen our scholarly community’s research excellence on these critical global challenges, the Kellogg Institute encourages Notre Dame faculty to develop collective research projects related to its research agenda in international studies. To that end, the Institute offers partial support for academic conferences and workshops but encourages applicants to seek outside funding for major conferences since it rarely fully funds them.The Institute may provide logistical support for conferences and workshops scheduled well in advance.  Kellogg-supported conferences ordinarily are cosponsored by other Notre Dame units or external entities, and need not be held at the University.

Please use the tabs below to find information on Kellogg grants for academic conferences and workshops.


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Submission deadlines for Academic Year 2023-24: 

  • Tuesday, September 5, 2023
  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2024 
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2024



The complete application will require:  

  • A brief abstract (150 words)
  • A description of the conference/workshop that clearly identifies:
    - the topic of the conference/workshop
    - the international focus or dimension
    - its relation to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute
    - the distinctiveness and timeliness of the conference/workshop
    - objectives for the relevant field of study
    - anticipated scholarly product (e.g., an article, a series of articles, a book)
    - the target audience
  • A tentative agenda/schedule and logistical information (who, when, where, etc.). Note, any dates must be coordinated with Kellogg's Program Manager of Events, Therese Hanlon in advance of the proposal submission.
  • 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.


Budget Template

Allowable Expenses

Proposals will be accepted for most conference/workshop 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.

Please note that the Kellogg Institute typically does not provide honoraria for conference participation.  (Honoraria may be provided for final written contribution to a conference volume.)

Funding Amount

  • The Kellogg Grants Committee reviews all grant proposals and may award amounts up to $10,000 for academic conferences organized by its faculty fellows.  For major research conferences addressing Kellogg priorities, the Faculty Committee may supplement the $10,000 awarded by the Grants Committee with additional amounts up to a total award of $35,000. At the discretion of the Faculty Committee, the Institute may also match up to $15,000 from non-Institute sources for conference funding, in addition to the $35,000 grant.
  • Faculty members are strongly encouraged to seek other funding sources to supplement and leverage Kellogg support.  
  • Kellogg makes grants of up to $5,000 for academic workshops organized by its faculty fellows. Workshops generally are small and informal, often addressing research issues at an exploratory stage of a project. Workshop grants may also be used to invite scholars and experts to critique a faculty member's manuscript.

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.

An interdisciplinary committee of Kellogg faculty fellows reviews grant proposals for  academic conferences and workshops. Accordingly, applicants should make sure that the significance of the conference or workshop 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
  • Involvement of Kellogg faculty fellows
  • Significance of the conference/workshop in applicant’s field
  • Distinctiveness of the conference/workshop in relation to relevant literature
  • Potential for publication
  • Overall quality of the proposal including its potential for innovation (e.g., in research methodology), as well as professional presentation (e.g., spelling, grammar, and accurate budgeting)
  • Budgetary appropriateness (i.e., the requested expenses are justified as necessary to the actualization of the conference or workshop and the level of Kellogg investment requested is appropriate in relation to that of other sponsors)

Kellogg faculty fellows are eligible for major academic conference/workshop grants, as described here.  In addition, other Notre Dame faculty members or academic units are eligible for small conference/workshop 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.