This website is designed to streamline the submission of grant proposals to ISLA.  Only requests submitted through this website will be considered for funding. Applications are not accepted June 1- July 31. 

For more information, call Stephanie Hasse at 574-631-5730

 or stop by the Institute office located in 356 O'Shaughnessy Hall. 


Small Creative Arts Grants support projects by Arts & Letters faculty in the creative and performing arts.


Small Creative and Performing Arts Grants may be used to cover costs such as:

  • Materials
  • Honoraria and payments to collaborators
  • Exhibition, festival, or competition entry fees
  • Travel expenses for Arts and Letters faculty to create, exhibit, or perform a piece
  • Travel expenses to Notre Dame for external collaborators
  • Performance or exhibition space rentals
  • Instrument rentals
  • Recording costs
  • Shipping costs for artwork (limited to $1000)

These grants may not be used to cover:

  • Domestic or international conference expenses
  • Travel to an event at which the applicant is not exhibiting or performing
  • Funds to upgrade Campus Workstation Program (CWP) computers
  • The purchase of equipment or instruments; Notre Dame Research has a yearly competition for equipment purchase and replacement
  • The purchase of electronic devices such as cameras, recorders, laptops/computers
  • Salary for course buyout or summer salary for faculty
  • Publication Costs; Please see our Publication page

Faculty are limited to one Small Creative and Performing Arts Grant or Small Research Grant per academic year.

Application Instructions

Review Criteria:

  • The clarity and persuasiveness of the proposal
  • The likely impact of the project for the applicant’s field and the campus/local community
  • The qualifications and track record of the applicant
  • The overall likelihood that project will be successful

To Apply:

Please submit an application through ISLA's web portal with the following:

  • A brief proposal (1000 words). Your proposal should include:A description of the proposed project that outlines the chosen materials and methods and a rationale for your artistic choices
    A discussion of the impact the project will have both within and beyond the applicant’s field
    Information about the project director and collaborators, if any. Explain how and why the people involved will make for a successful project.
  • Abbreviated CVs (no more than 2 pages) for the project director and any collaborating artists or scholars.
  • A well-justified budget. Your budget should include.Specific amounts for each budget item and an explanation of how you arrived at that cost or estimate. Provide sources for estimates when possible.
    In addition to the support requested from ISLA, list all other sources of funding to which you have applied or will apply, including amounts.
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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. You must have a contract from the publisher before ISLA will negotiate with them. The typical range for a book subvention is from $1,000 to $3,000. 

Imaging Grants

        Image Grants are ordinarily limited to $2,000. In extraordinary cases where the cumulative image costs exceed this limit, faculty members may discuss an exception with the Institute Director before submitting an application.

  • Please provide a list of images to be acquired and their associated costs.
  • ISLA funding may not be used to pay image researchers or research assistants.
  • Recipients of publication support must acknowledge ISLA in the final product. 

Indexing Support

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

These funds must be used to hire a professional indexer.

  • Please supply budget justification and information about the indexing service you are using in your proposal. 
  • Limit: one indexing 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.

  • Partial support is available to faculty members who present a paper or poster at a professionally organized conference. The conference must be a society conference or a conference sponsored by a professional organization. Typically these organizations have an annual meeting, in addition there is membership, regisration fees, call for papers, peer review of submissions, and so forth. This award does not cover invited lectures, working groups, at hoc conferences, time-limited organizations, or informal gatherings of scholars. For those events, faculty members are encouraged to use their discretionary funds.  Submissions must be completed one month in advance of the conference. No post awards will be given.
  • A website for the meeting and evidence of the acceptance of a presentation must be included for the proposal to be considered for funding.
  • Please present a detailed budget (e.g., quotes for airfare, hotel, ground transportation, registration) 
  • Total expenses (that is, travel plus other expenses) cannot exceed $1,000.00.

Apply anytime (except June 1 to July 31)


  • The Institute requires a copy of your completed TravelND expense report (send copy to Stephanie Hasse,,  or a copy may be dropped off at ISLA's office, 356 O'Shaughnessy Hall.)
  • A one-page summary of your activities should also be submitted to ISLA's Director, Kate Marshall (please send reports to Stephanie Hasse -

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 Alessia Blad, 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.

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.

ISLA can provide partial support (up to $3,000) 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 $3,000.00 (except between June 1 and July 31)

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