Legacy Project External Grants

The Legacy Project Grants aim to bring outstanding scholar-practitioners focused on maximizing the potential of the transmedia files of the Colombian Truth Commission towards peace, conflict, and democracy research to the University of Notre Dame.

Applicants internal to Notre Dame click here for the Internal Legacy Project Grants.


The program offers grants of up to $2,500 toward travel and accommodations for a one week visit to the University of Notre Dame.  The Legacy Project particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Legacy research initiatives.

Applicant Profile

Researchers, educators, scholars, policymakers, peacebuilders, artists and creators who are using the transmedia files of the Colombian Truth Commission to research and disseminate knowledge about the internal armed conflict in Colombia, the perspectives and experiences of those who suffered in the war, witnessed it or even from those who were responsible for many of the violations. Likewise, researchers who are interested in questions of transitional justice more broadly who find in the Colombian case a vessel that integrates global experiences and lessons learned from previous truth commissions experiences and are now drawing insights to share with other contexts.

Applicants must have a track record of scholarship in this field, and preferably a masters, PhD, or doctoral degree equivalent.  Advanced graduate students are invited to apply.

Term Dates

Grants will cover one week of expenses during the University’s fall or spring semester.  Some dates may be excluded.  

  • Call for Spring 2024 - DEADLINE EXTENDEDOctober 1, 2023
Grant Benefits
  • Round trip airfare
  • Lodging for one-week
  • Dedicated work space 
  • Opportunities for engagement with leading academics at the University of Notre Dame
  • Present research in a public event co-sponsored by the Kellogg Institute and Kroc Institute

A complete application consists of the following materials uploaded in Submittable:

  • Application Form 
  • Cover letter (no longer than 2 pages)
  • Research project proposal with the explicit mention of the ways the transmedia files are being used - maximum two pages.
  • Project Abstract
  • Current Curriculum Vitae - two pages, maximum.
  • Three references and contact details. References will only be contacted if applicant is selected as a finalist

Applicants must hold a valid passport for travel and either a B1, B2, WB or WT to receive the expenses covered by the grant.  

English language proficiency required for the purposes of a public presentation and for full engagement with the activities of the visit.   

Criteria for Selection

The Legacy Project Grants committee reviews the applications and makes all selections. 

Selection criteria include:  

  • evidence of academic excellence 
  • clarity of the link to the transmedia files 
  • the potential to use the transmedia files for research publications