Graduate Student Opportunities

Professionalization Grants

The Kellogg Institute offers financial support for professional training and other expenses related to professionalization that helps our doctoral student affiliates* become better prepared to enter the academic workplace. Kellogg created this opportunity in 2011 to provide support that is not otherwise available through departments or other campus sources.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and should be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the program.

Levels of Support

Individual grants will not normally exceed $1,500. Applicants are required to notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; in some cases the Institute may adjust the award.

Applications for language study are not eligible. We suggest visiting the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) for funding opportunities related to language study.

To Apply

A complete application consists of the following submitted to our online application system.

  • Professionalization 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
  • A narrative summary: A narrative summary that describes how the program proposed will support your overall research goals and how those goals relate to the research themes of the Kellogg Institute
  • An up-to-date Graduate CV
  • 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)


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

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a PhD program or the JSD program at the University of Notre Dame, be in good academic standing and be a Kellogg Institute Doctoral Student Affiliate or be a former Affiliate who is a current 5+1 Postdoc. MGA students who are holders of a Kellogg fellowship may also be eligible.
  • Students cannot combine applications for this award with any other award offered by the Kellogg Institute.
  • We will offer students professionalization 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
  • Relevance of the proposed program to student’s overall research goals and how those goals relate to the research themes of the Kellogg Institute
  • Academic standing

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.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Denise Wright

Assistant Director

Kellogg Institute, 1130D Jenkins Nanovic Halls


•Similar sources of funding on campus
ISLA - Graduate Student Professional Development Awards 
Graduate School Professional Development Grants




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