This website is designed to streamline the submission of grant proposals to ISLA.  Only requests submitted through this website will be considered for funding.

For more information, call Pat Base at 574-631-5730 or stop by the Institute office located in 248 O'Shaughnessy Hall. 


When a reputable academic press initiates a request, the Institute may make a subvention to support the publication of manuscripts, if funds are available. Similarly, the Institute will consider a subvention to support a scholarly or artistic sound or video recording upon request by the producer. Please contact the Institute office (Pat Base at 631-5730 or for guidelines and information when a publisher or producer requests a subvention. You must have a contract from the publisher before ISLA will negotiate with them.  Maximum award for a subvention is $5,000.00.

Indexing and Copyediting Support

ISLA will provide up to $1,200 to cover indexing or copyediting costs for faculty book projects.

 These funds must be used to hire a professional editor/indexer.

  • Please supply information about the indexing or editing services you are using in your proposal.
  • Limit: one indexing and/or copyediting grant per book and academic year.
  • Recipients of publication support must acknowledge ISLA in the final product.

No publication grant applications are accepted between June 1 and July 31.

The Seng Program supports scholarly projects that utilize market-based principles to promote sound economic growth and movement toward a more just society. May apply for $1,000.00 with a maximum amount of $2,500.00.

You may apply at any time, except between June 1 and July 31.


 We are very fortunate to be able to offer a grant competition for the faculty in the Arts.

The upper limit on the 2015-2016 Boehnen grant will be $3000. We will be able to fund about 3 or 4 proposals, depending on the budgets of those that are funded.  You have the option of combining the Boehnen and the Small Research and Creative Works Grant (upper limit $2500) into one application.  If you choose to do that, however, then the upper limit on the Boehnen funds will be $2000 with a total maximum award of $4500.  Whatever the amount of the combined grant, we will fund the Small Grant fully first.  Thus if your budget is $3500, this would be tantamount to a $2500 Small Grant and $1000 from the Boehnen Fund.  This approach will allow us to optimize the use of the Boehnen Funds.

Like all competitive ISLA grants, the proposals will be reviewed by members of the College of Arts and Letters Research Committee.

This initiative is intended to promote seminars of integrative scholarship in areas of common interest to faculty from different disciplines, for example, ancient philosophy, multi-cultural diversity, religion and science, family issues, or ethics and science.

Seminars require five or more faculty (or possibly students) from at least three departments or academic units who are committed to exploring a topic of significant importance in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

You may apply at any time (except between June 1 and July 31).

Maximum amount is $5,000.00 may apply up to three years.

  • Continued funding is subsequent years is conditional on the accomplishment of milestones set forth in the initial proposal and justification of new avenues to pursue. (report must be submitted and reviewed.)

For many faculty in the College of Arts and Letters, being able to speak and write in another language may be critical for advancing knowledge in their field. This fund is designed for those who are already somewhat proficient in a language and want to enhance skills based on goals related to research, scholarship, or creative works. In order to qualify, the applicant must be able to demonstrate current writing proficiency based on the following ACTLF Language Testing International Scale (cf.

European Languages: Novice (High)

Less frequently taught languages: Novice (Middle)

If there are questions concerning current proficiency, ISLA can arrange for faculty in the language to assess the applicant’s current level of proficiency. Also, language programs proposed by the applicant should be reputable for the purpose of enhancing language skills for scholarship and artistic or creative works. Applicants are encouraged to contact Brian O'Conchubhair, Director of the Center for Study of Languages and Cultures, for a list of approved language schools. Most of these schools have 6-8 week intensive summer courses.

ISLA will fund only 1 or 2 applications per year from regular faculty and the upper limit on funding per application is $5500. The deadline for this fund is the first Monday in February.

Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to assist adjunct faculty with one-time miscellaneous expenses. This grant can be used to cover the travel cost to professional meetings, purchase of photographs, microfilms, rare books or manuscripts, software, permissions to publish materials, databases, maps, tables, or other expenses. 

To be eligible for the Adjunct Professional Development Grant, the applicant must have taught (or be teaching) two courses at the University of Notre Dame within the two most recent semesters.

You may apply at any time except between June 1 and July 31.

Small Grants (up to $2,500) available to all Arts and Letters regular faculty

Awards are given on a competitive basis for research travel, summer student research assistance, research materials, artistic creation, and other costs of carrying out research and creative work. Both individual and collaborative projects are eligible. Whereas the Small Research and Creative Works grant cannot be used for domestic travel for conferences, it can be used for research-related domestic and international travel. International travel for presenting at conferences is covered under the ISLA International Conference Travel Grant.

    Small Grants for Research and Creative Works cannot be used to cover:

  • Funds to upgrade Campus Workstation Program (CWP) equipment; (the Office of Research has a yearly competition for equipment purchase and replacement:;
  • Equipment (cameras, recorders, laptops/computers);
  • Travel to domestic conferences.
  • Grants do not cover salary for course buyout or summer salary for project director.
  • No graduate student support is allowed as an expense.


  • Apply at any time (except June 1 to July 31);
  • Limited to one small grant each fiscal year (July 1  - June 30) per faculty member.
The program is designed to bring distinguished women visitors to campus to interact with faculty, students and administrators. It is expected that distinguished visitors will be present in a department for a period of four to six days, either in one visit or a series of visits. Consideration will be given to applications that involve the visitors in conferences, as keynote speakers. Departments are expected to devise a variety of events for their guest that would emphasize her status as a role model.

To apply, please submit a letter from the department chair or the center/institute director describing the intellectual merit of the visit; the impact on the department, college, or university; how the visit is integrated with appropriate centers and institutes; and any cost-sharing opportunities that are available. In addition, please provide a copy of the curriculum vitae for the invitee(s) and a budget. In addition to the support you are requesting from ISLA, please list all other sources, the amount you are requesting from those sources, and contact information for those sources (name, email address, phone number).

Maximum amount is $7,000.00.  (May apply at any time except June 1st - July 31st)

ISLA can provide partial support (up to $5,000) for academic conferences held on Notre Dame sites. Preference is given to projects that have matching funds from other sources (e.g., foundations, departments or institutes). In addition to the support you are requesting from ISLA, please list all other sources, the amount you are requesting from those sources, and contact information for those sources (name, email address, phone number). Faculty are limited to one Small Henkels or Mini-conference award per academic year. Please note the Henkels funds are for events that have broad impact; therefore, it is important to present a plan to involve faculty, students, and potentially, the broader community.

Applications are accepted at any time for a Mini-conference award up to $5,000.00 (except between June 1 and July 31)

  • This award is restricted to organized conferences such as society and association meetings. A website for the meeting and evidence of the acceptance of a presentation must be included for the proposal to be considered for funding. Invited lectures and small-scale workshops and conferences do not meet the criterion for funding. For those events, faculty members are encouraged to use their discretionary funds.

  • Please note that all documents must be presented in English.  If the communication is in any other language, please include the original communication and the translated version. 

  • Please present a detailed budget (e.g., quotes for airfare, hotel, ground transportation, registration)

  • The Institute will cover 100% of the round-trip international airfare up to $750, plus 50% of the remainder (cap at $1,250).
  • The Institute will grant a maximum of $1,000 to cover other expenses (lodging, ground transportation, meals).
  •  For hotel as well as meals and incidentals, please use 50% of the State Department rates - ISLA will grant half of the daily rate.
  • The Institute will also pay participant’s registration fee up to $250.
  • Total expenses (that is, travel plus other expenses) cannot exceed $2,500.00.
  • Apply anytime (except June 1 to July 31)

    Guidelines for Receiving Reimbursement:

    • The Institute requires a copy of travel itinerary showing destinations and travel dates along with evidence of payment as soon as flight arrangements have been completed. 
    • In order to transfer your award funds successfully, the Institute will need your discretionary account number.
    • The Institute requires a copy of your completed TravelND expense report (send copy to Pat Base,,  or a copy may be dropped off at ISLA's office, 101 O'Shaughnessy Hall.)
    • A one-page summary of your activities should be submitted to ISLA's Director, Tom Merluzzi (please send reports to Pat Base -