working groups

Working Groups

The Institute offers funding to groups of Kellogg faculty fellows for activities that advance scholarship in a particular area of focus and promote intellectual collaboration and innovation in a group format.

The Institute provides funding for working groups that stimulate intellectual activity within the Kellogg community and more broadly throughout the University on issues critical to its core research themes of democracy and human development. Led by Institute faculty fellows, the groups typically draw together an interdisciplinary mix of faculty members, visiting fellows, graduate students, and even undergraduates to further inquiry on emerging research themes and or focus attention on topical, interdisciplinary issues.  

The Kellogg Institute usually funds working groups for one or two semesters at a time but welcomes multi-year proposals.  Awards cover working group expenses, which will vary with the nature of a group and can be renewed through the competitive grant process. The Institute may provide logistical support for planned activities scheduled well in advance.


Kellogg faculty fellows are eligible to apply for working group grants.  Proposals must be within the field of international studies and should relate to at least one of Kellogg’s core research themes of democracy and human development.  The group must meet all of the following requirements:

  • At least 5 participants total;
  • At least 2 participants who are affiliated with the Institute (faculty or doctoral students);
  • At least 2 regular Notre Dame faculty members; and
  • The chair or co-chair of a working group must be a Kellogg faculty fellow.

Please use the tabs below to find information on Kellogg working group grants.

An interdisciplinary committee of Kellogg faculty fellows reviews proposals for Kellogg working group grants. Accordingly, applicants should make sure that the proposal is clear to someone outside the applicant’s discipline.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relation to Kellogg core research theme(s) of democracy and/or human development
  • Potential to stimulate intellectual activity within the Kellogg community and more broadly throughout the University on critical global issues
  • Level of intellectual rigor and interest to the Kellogg community
  • Potential to produce concrete academic results (conferences, publications, research projects, or outside funding)
  • Overall quality of the proposal including its potential for innovation, as well as professional presentation (e.g., spelling, grammar, and accurate budgeting)
  • Budgetary appropriateness (i.e., the requested expenses are justified as necessary to the completion of the research)
  • Priority will be given to interdisciplinary groups

Allowable Expenses

The Kellogg Institute usually funds working groups for one or two semesters at a time though multi-year proposals are welcome.  Awards cover working group expenses, which will vary with the nature of a group and can be renewed through the competitive grant process.

Funding is available for a variety of costs, including but not limited to the following:

  • PERSONNEL - Includes student assistants.
  • GUEST SPEAKER TRAVEL - Includes airfare, ground transportation, and lodging.
  • MEALS -  Includes meals with speakers, meeting snacks, receptions, etc.
  • SUPPLIES - Includes posters and reading material copies.

Funding Amount

Awards average approximately $5,000 per academic year; larger amounts are occasionally considered for particularly ambitious proposals.

In all cases, final determination of the amount awarded is at the discretion of the grants committee and will depend on their assessment of the specified needs in the proposal, budget, and justification.

Applicants must notify the Kellogg Institute of any funding received from another source; the Institute may adjust the award accordingly. No duplicate funding (that is, funding for the same purpose) is allowed.

NEW in 2018: All applicants must use the online portal for proposal submission and complete all requirements listed therein.

Proposals are evaluated three times per academic year by a faculty grants committee.

Submission deadlines for the 2018–19 academic year:

  • Monday, September 24, 2018
  • Monday, January 28, 2019
  • Monday, April 8, 2019

Applicants are encouraged to contact Managing Director Sharon Schierling (1-8524; to discuss proposals prior to submitting for committee review.

  • The complete application will require:
  •  A detailed description of the activities which clearly identifies:
    - the focus of the proposed working group
    - the group’s international dimension
    - the groups relationship to the thematic priorities of the Kellogg Institute
    - the group’s substantive goals
    - the nature of planned activities to attain substantive goals
    - expected accomplishments during the requested funding period
    - the schedule for planned activities
    - a plan to share the group’s products with the wider Kellogg community
  • List of participants that meet the above eligibility requirements
  • A detailed line-item budget (see budget template below)
  • A narrative budget justification that provides an explanation of your budget at a high level; it does not need to be extensive nor detail proposed expenditures line by line as your budget does that.  The goal of the justification, which can be brief, is to allow you to explain in narrative the rationale for the requested funds, why the requested amounts (e.g., number of trips, length of stay, etc) is necessary for the completion of your research, and how you calculated the amounts requested in order to demonstrate to the committee that the amounts requested are reasonable and not made up.
  • A progress report and self-assessment of working group activities and accomplishments to date (for working group renewals only)

NEW in 2018: All applicants must use the online portal for proposal submission and complete all requirements listed therein.

To view a tutorial on the online portal, please click below.

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Budget Template

Current Working Groups

Africa Working Group

The Africa Working Group provides a forum for resident faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars to present and discuss cutting edge research on Africa. Participants, who come from a range of disciplines, share a common interest in investigating Africa’s past, present, and future, as well as Africa’s place in the larger global order. The group also sponsors Africanist events, enriching the study of Africa on campus and building on growing student interest in the region.
Cochairs: Paul Ocobock and Mariana Candido
Student Coordinator: Scott Copeland

Asia & Asian Studies Working Group

In collaboration with the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, the Working Group on Asia & Asian Studies (WGAAS) provides a forum for faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars to share emerging research in Asian Studies, with a particular focus on the region’s democratic possibilities and human development. Strengthening the cohesion of Asian Studies across the University, the group unites expertise in anthropology, East Asian languages and cultures, education, and business, among other disciplines.
Chair: Lionel Jensen
Graduate Student Cochair: Megan Rogers

Kellogg Institute Catholic Social Tradition and Human Development Working Group

Catholic Social Tradition & Human Development Working Group

In collaboration with the Center for Social Concerns, this Working Group provides a forum for resident faculty, graduate students, and outside scholars to systematically discuss the insights of Catholic Social Tradition (CST) for questions of development. With “integral human development” as a defining commitment of Notre Dame’s Keough School, a discussion of the roots of this term in Catholic Social Teaching is timely, as well as an exploration of the connections between the concept of integral human development and key CST principles such as human dignity, common-good orientation, option for the poor, solidarity, and subsidiarity.
Cochairs: Paolo Carozza and Clemens Sedmak
Graduate Student Contacts: Shaun Slusarski ( and Justin Conway  (

Democracy Working Group

The Democracy Working Group invites wide involvement of Kellogg faculty fellows, graduate students, and members of the Notre Dame community in measuring democracy and related concepts and evaluating and using democracy indicators. Participants are encouraged to share related research with the group. They are also invited to provide advice to an international team of investigators led by Faculty Fellow Michael Coppedge, which is engaged in a wide-ranging, multiyear project to produce dozens of new indicators of democracy for all countries since 1900.
Chair: Michael Coppedge

Haiti Working Group 

Building on the multidisciplinary breadth and depth of Notre Dame’s scholarly engagement with Haiti, the Haiti Working Group brings together faculty and student researchers from across the University’s schools and colleges to share ideas, give feedback on each other’s work, and interact with outside speakers. With participants from the sciences and engineering, social sciences, humanities, education, and business, the working group aims to facilitate better scholarship and collaboration on a range of academic and applied research on Haiti.
Chair: Karen Richman
Graduate Student Contact: Katie Comeau

Latin American History Working Group

The Latin American History Working Group brings together Latin American historians—both faculty and graduate students—for serious, extended, and creative intellectual exchange. Monthly meetings feature paper presentations by faculty members, graduate students, and invited scholars. Encouraging an interdisciplinary approach, the group aims to strengthen the growing community of Latin American historians at Notre Dame, to professionalize its graduate students, and to host notable scholars in the field at the University.
Cochairs: Ted BeattyKaren Graubart,and Jaime Pensado

Mexico Working Group

The Mexico Working Group serves as a venue for resident and visiting faculty and graduate and undergraduate students to consider issues related to Mexico. With the goal of strengthening the presence of Mexico at Notre Dame, the group supports conferences, talks, cultural events, and academic discussions. The group also fosters academic and cultural exchanges to link the University with Mexico and Mexican Studies institutions and coordinates a biennial Undergraduate Research Conference focused on Mexican issues.
Chair: Jaime Pensado

Other Groups

Kroc-Kellogg Peace, Conflict, Crime and Violence Workshop

This workshop seeks to integrate and develop collaboration between Kroc and Kellogg scholars focusing on the wide range of peace, conflict, and violence issues. It is intended to be broad in scope including topics such as political and criminal violence, human rights, and transitional justice along with standard issues of civil and international war, peacebuilding, and reconciliation. The format assumes that participants come to the workshop having read the paper. A discussant will start the discussion with 5-10 minutes of comments, then the floor is open. These sessions are open to Notre Dame faculty and graduate students.
Organizers: Guillermo Trejo and Gary Goertz

Reading Group on “Lying And Truthfulness”

Long of interest to scholars from a variety of disciplines, lying and truthfulness are directly relevant to democracy and well being in the US and around the world. The reading group will discuss a variety of texts, addressing such issues as different meanings of truth and falsehood across cultures and how globalization may require a shared, yet differentiated, understanding of the themes.
Organizers: Amitava Dutt and Georges Enderle

Comparative Politics Workshop

The Comparative Politics Workshop is a graduate student-led forum geared towards presenting and discussing papers and research projects. During the academic semester, regular sessions are held at the Hesburgh Center. These meetings are open to everyone, particularly students, faculty and Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellows. Participants have the chance to present their work and receive valuable, constructive feedback from their colleagues. 
Organizer: Paul Friesen
More information: Comparative Politics Workshop Blog



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