Research Travel Grants

Application Guidelines

To foster research in the archives and library of the University of Notre Dame. The library collection is particularly rich in the following areas: Catholic newspapers, history of midwestern Catholicism, Catholic literature, and history of Catholicism in the United States. Manuscripts of historical personages, records of twentieth century Catholic organizations, reports of European missionary societies, and much more material related to the American Catholic community are held in the archives. For more specific information on the collections, the applicant should contact the appropriate member of the University Archives staff.

Eligibility: Grants to help defray travel and lodging costs are made to scholars of any academic discipline who are engaged in projects that require substantial use of the collections of the library and the archives. Research projects must be related to the study of American Catholicism. Applicants should indicate as specifically as possible how the use of the Notre Dame library and archives are pertinent to this study.

Typically, Research Travel Grants are $1000.00 or less, unless extenuating circumstances necessitate greater funding. Assistance at finding affordable accommodations is available.

Application Procedures
Submit one copy of the required application material:
1) application form;
2) a current curriculum vitae;
3) a 1,000-word description of the project you wish to undertake at the center;
4) a proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses; and
5) letters of recommendation from two people who know your work.
These letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Cushwa Center. This material must be postmarked no later than December 31 and mailed to the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholics, University of Notre Dame, 407 Geddes Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5611.

Applicants will be notified in March.

Recipients of grants will be requested to: 1) supply the center with a short report on the results of their research; 2) acknowledge the grant provided by the center in all publications which result from this research; and 3) provide the center with one copy of any publication resulting in whole, or in part, from the grant.

Housing information is available from the Cushwa Center.

Download the Research Travel Grant application