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. 

Large Grants ($2,501.00 to $15,000) for Humanities Research and Creative Work

  • Two annual competitions: Second Tuesday of October and Second Tuesday of February. 
  •  (October 12, 2021 & February 8, 2022) 
  • Limited to one large grant per year (July 1-June 30) per faculty member
  • Most large grants will be in the $3,000-$10,000 range.
  • These grants can be for collaborative research projects.
  • Expenses must be well justified.
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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. Please contact the Institute office (Stephanie Hasse 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. 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 $1,000 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)
  • The Institute will cover 100% of the round-trip international airfare up to $750, plus 50% of the remainder (cap at $1,000).
  • 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.
  • Total expenses (that is, travel plus other expenses) cannot exceed $2,000.00.

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, James Brockmole (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.

Large Grants ($2,501 to $15,000) for Research in the Social Sciences

Bi-Annual deadline dates second Tuesday  in October and second Tuesday in February
October 12, 2021 and February 8, 2022

Because of the extent and length of many social science research projects, faculty must often seek external funding to help underwrite their research. In order to be competitive for grants, preliminary data collection and analysis are necessary as a basis for formulating and justifying larger research projects.

The Large Grant for Research in the Social Sciences initiative provides funds to cover the costs of conducting these preliminary studies.

  • Grants range from $2,500 to $15,000, depending on the scope of the project and the number of personnel involved.

 ISLA encourages faculty to use the Center for Social Research services. 

The Center for Social Research is an academic support unit dedicated to improving the quality and efficiency of social research at Notre Dame by working with faculty, students, and staff across all disciplines.  Whether you are designing new research or developing an existing project, consider consulting with the CSR’s expert staff who specialize in statistical analysis, survey design and implementation, and data acquisition and management.  For more information, visit the CSR website at or contact Managing Director, Kate E. Mueller, at (574) 631-6166

(574) 631-6166 or

These projects should have some quantitative dimension to the methodology or are proposing rigorous qualitative methods. Faculty in the social sciences whose work is more closely aligned with the humanities are encouraged to submit their proposals to the Large Grants for Humanities funding initiative.

Please note:  

Recipients of the Large Grant for Research in the Social Sciences must submit a grant proposal to a major external agency within 18 months of receiving the grant. 

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.

Grants of up to $20,000 to cover the costs of:

  • an academic conference on campus or in one of the University’s international sites,
  • a series of lectures or performances, or
  • a single, significant visiting lecturer or performer.

Departments, institutes and interdisciplinary groups can bring scholars to Notre Dame for two or more days of public events including a lecture, colloquium, panel, or performance. Visiting scholars and performers must be among the leaders of their field. While all events may not result in a publication, the Institute expects that proposals will be designed with the goal of having a lasting effect beyond a series of lectures or performances. In addition to the support requested from ISLA, please list all other sources of funding. Finally, Henkels Funds are for events that have broad impact; therefore, it is important to present a plan to involve faculty, students, and, potentially, the larger community.

 Deadline for submission is one year in advance of proposed conference dates (cycles are 2nd Tuesday in October  and February)

  •  Funding sources must be identified and documented by including an award letter or e-mail included in the proposal
  • Must be hosted at a University facility or Global Gateway

All Large Henkels proposals require budgets  prepared with the assistance of ISLA’s Academic Conference staff.

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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