Graduate Student Opportunities

Conference Travel Grants

The Kellogg Institute recognizes the importance of academic conferences and acknowledges the financial barriers that graduate students may face in attending such conferences. The primary purpose of these awards is to support travel to academic conferences where graduate students will present papers. We will also consider requests to participate in other forums where graduate students present their work. (In the latter case, a copy of the formal invitation must be submitted with the application.)


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. We encourage you to apply soon after receiving confirmation of your conference participation, and no later than 30 days prior to the start of your proposed travel.

Levels of Support

Effective July 1, 2022, individual grants will not normally exceed $1,500. 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.


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:

  • Conference Grant Application form which includes budget questions, including information on other sources of funding. The Kellogg Institute will support per diems up to 50% for food of the domestic and international rates available on the State Department website at Per diem allowance on partial days of travel (first and last days of trip) will be half the approved per diem rate.
  • Budget item(s) supporting documentation (e.g. airbnb quote)
  • A letter that explains: How this conference will contribute to your scholarship and the connection between this work and the themes of the Institute
  • An up-to-date Graduate CV
  • Documentation of conference participationPlease upload document (in PDF) showing confirmation of conference participation (e.g., written confirmation, conference program) or, if another forum, a copy of the formal invitation to present your research.
  • Support from the student’s principal advisor:  Your principal advisor will fill out a short form sent through the application system to endorse your funding request.
  • An official Notre Dame transcript (e-transcripts will be accepted)

The related research must pertain to international studies, addressing one or more of the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute. 

  • Applicants must be Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliates enrolled in a PhD program or in the JSD Program in International Human Rights and in good standing in their respective department. 
  • Applications require that students exhaust departmental and Graduate School support (if it exists).
  • We will offer students conference funding no more than two times in an academic year and no more than three times during their time in graduate school.
Criteria for Evaluating Proposals


If you have any questions, please contact:
Denise Wright

Assistant Director

Kellogg Institute 
1130D Jenkins Nanovic Halls