Graduate Student Opportunities

Research Grants

Kellogg doctoral research grants support Notre Dame PhD 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.


"Theological Resistance to Economic Injustice: Comparing Political and Economic Theology in Latin America & Africa"
Fidelis A. Olokunboro

Upon my arrival in Chile, I met with Fr. Diego Irarrazaval. Irrarazaval was part of the developmental stage of Liberation theology from the late 1960s to 1970s. He was well informed about the “conflicts” between the proponents of liberation theology in Latin America and the Vatican officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). (more...)

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Levels of Support

Funding is available for a variety of project costs, including research materials, travel expenses, and other research-related expenses with justified relevance and importance to the project. Individual grants will not normally exceed $7,000, and proposals will be considered for any amount below this figure. In all cases, final determination of the amount awarded is at the discretion of the selection committee and will depend on their assessment of the specified needs in the proposal, budget, and justification.  Applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in most cases the Institute will adjust its award.

Deadlines for 2021-22

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021
  • Tuesday, March 8, 2022


You can sign in to the online application system by clicking on "Sign in with Google" and use your Notre Dame credentials

To Apply

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

  • A research proposal, 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 international focus or dimension
  3. the research methods to be employed to answer the question
  4. the body of materials to be used
  5. 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 detailed line-item budget (download budget template below).  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
  • An up-to-date Graduate CV
  • The name and email address for two recommenders, one from a faculty advisor and one from another faculty member; at least one must be from a Kellogg faculty fellow. Your recommenders will be sent an email with the link to upload their recommendation letter to our online system.
  • An electronic transcript.

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Student applicants must be in good standing in the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame and be doctoral student affiliates of the Kellogg Institute.  Doctoral student affiliates at any stage in their doctoral program are eligible to apply.  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 funding for Kellogg doctoral student affiliates whose research directly engages our core themes and who participate actively in the Institute’s intellectual community. Priority will also be given to proposals that show potential for external financial support, e.g., dissertation grants from foundations.

Graduate research grants are aimed at students who have not received Kellogg research funding. 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 include a report on the results of the earlier grant and make a convincing case that the additional research is different from, builds on, and/or advances the previously funded research.

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.

We 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. or online.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Denise Wright
Assistant Director
Kellogg Institute, 1130D Jenkins Nanovic Halls
574 631-8523

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.




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