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 and should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to travel.
Levels of Support
Individual grants will not normally exceed $1,250. 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.
A complete application consists of the following submitted to our online application:
- Conference Grant Application form
- 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
- A budget that lists your budgetary needs with: Supporting documentation of anticipated expenses 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 www.GSA.gov.
- Documentation of conference participation: Please upload document 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.
- A letter of support from the student’s principal advisor: You will be asked to provide the name and email address for your principal advisor who will receive notification from the system to upload a letter of recommendation
- 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 and in good standing in the departments of Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, History, Philosophy, Sociology, or Theology, or in the JSD Program in International Human Rights.
- 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
- Quality of the proposal
- Student's academic record
- Relation of the research to Kellogg's priority themes of democracy and human development
- 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 and online.
Please submit your application to:
Our online application system with Fluid Review
If you have any questions, please contact:
1130D Jenkins Nanovic Halls