Welcome to ISLA's Application Portal for Undergraduates and Graduate Students


If any questions arise while you are completing this application, please email Student Program Coordinator Therese Blacketor tblacket@nd.edu.

The Glynn Family Honors Program proudly supports a variety of undergraduate research initiatives. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,500 in different grants over the course of their study. While priority is given to students working on thesis research, we encourage students to apply for grants that open up new opportunities or lead to externally-funded grants later.

Grants Available

  • Research and Travel Grant (up to $4,500)
  • Conferences and Professional Development Grants (up to $1,500)
  • Materials Grant (up to $1,500)

Application

Along with the completed application form, students must submit the following:

  • Proposal Narrative: a pdf of no more than 4 pages with the following sections: (1) Your previous research experiences, (2) Research proposal (project background, description of proposed summer research and its significance, and its relevance to future thesis plans), (3) Career Plans (explanation of how this research experience fits into your career plans, both immediate and long-term).
  • Conference Materials (for students presenting at conferences)
  • Advisor Approval Letter (available on Submittable application)
  • Budget (available on Submittable application)
  • IRB Approval (if necessary)
  • Waiver for domestic and/or international travel (available on Submittable application)

International Travel

  • All applications involving international travel must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to departure.
  • Students must register trips with ND International before funds will be dispersed.

Post-Grant Reporting

  • All grant recipients must complete a post-Grant Report and provide a thank you letter to the Glynn family for supporting their research.
  • Grant recipients are expected to take photos of their research experience and submit them along with the post-Grant Report. Guidelines for photos and the post-Grant Report will be sent along with the acceptance letter.

Due Dates

  • Research and Travel Grants for summer research: March 15
  • All other grants: rolling basis

This initiative is intended to promote collaborative research among faculty from different disciplines with shared interests and to support the preparation and submission of competitive proposals for external grants.

Seed grants are awarded to groups of researchers. With the exception of Humanities Without Walls seed grants, each group must comprise two or more faculty from at least two departments or academic units at Notre Dame who are committed to exploring a topic of significant importance for the arts, humanities, or social sciences. For all seed grants, at least one faculty member (and at least one planned PI on any proposed external grant application) must have a primary appointment in the College of Arts and Letters. Additional community partners and faculty at other universities may also participate in supported faculty groups.

Allowable costs for interdisciplinary seed grants:

  • Books, digital resources, software, and similar materials needed to explore the research topic
  • Travel expenses (for site visits, to collaborate with community members or researchers at other institutions)
  • Meeting support (e.g., catering, etc.)

All applicants must submit the following materials

  • A 100-word project summary written for a broad audience.
  • A proposal (1000 words max.) that outlines the project’s purpose,  research plan, intellectual contribution, and potential benefits to  society.
  • A timeline identifying key goals and targeted completion dates (1 page max.).
  • An itemized budget and narrative budget justification (max. 1 page).
  • Graduate student applications must also include an advisor's letter  of recommendation (2 pages max.). This letter should specifically  address the student’s ability to undertake and complete the proposed  project as well as the project’s connection to the student’s broader  scholarly interests, trajectory, and career goals.

Evaluation Criteria. Applications will be evaluated on  suitability for the theme, intellectual merit, broader impacts,  financial need/justification, and the researcher’s qualifications to  conduct the proposed work. Priority will be given to proposals that  explore creative, original, and potentially transformative ideas and  approaches.  Budget items with insufficient justification may be reduced  or eliminated in an award offer.

Proposal Preparation and Submission. All proposals should  be double-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point Times New Roman  font.  Up to two critical figures, illustrations, or images may be  included to supplement the project narrative.  Applications will be  considered on a rolling basis throughout the academic year beginning  August 1, 2022 and continuing until allocated funds for this RFP are  exhausted.

ISLA Funding