Research Travel Grants



The Cushwa Center’s Research Travel Grants foster research in the University Archives and the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. The Archives collects and maintains records, papers, photographs, printed material, and audio-visual material that document the life of the Catholic Church and its people in the American context, and is recognized as one of the nation's foremost archival repositories for the study of American Catholicism. Major subject areas covered include Catholic press and publishing, Catholic higher education, Catholic social action, laity, clergy, religious orders, charismatic renewal, and the liturgical movement. For more information, and to search the collections, visit



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 Hesburgh Libraries and the University Archives. Applicants should make clear how their projects relate to the study of Catholics in America. Typically, Research Travel Grants are $1,000.00 or less, unless extenuating circumstances necessitate greater funding.


Application Procedures 

Please submit the following materials via email to

  1. completed application form (downloadable here);

  2. current curriculum vitae;

  3. 1,000-word description of the project you wish to undertake (applicants should indicate as specifically as possible how resources of the Hesburgh Libraries and University Archives at Notre Dame would be pertinent to their study);

  4. proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.

Recommenders should submit letters directly to the Cushwa Center.  Signed and scanned copies may be submitted to

Alternatively, physical copies of letters and other application materials may be mailed to:

Cushwa Center
407 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556 USA

All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked no later than December 31.



Applicants will be notified in March.


Grant recipients will be asked to:

  1. supply the center with a short report on the results of their research;

  2. acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;

  3. provide Cushwa one copy of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.


Assistance with finding affordable accommodations is available through the Cushwa Center.

Download the application form here