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 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, applicants should contact the appropriate member of the University Archives staff.


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. Research projects must be related to the study of American Catholicism. Typically, Research Travel Grants are $1000.00 or less, unless extenuating circumstances necessitate greater funding.


Application Procedures 

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

Please complete and submit the electronic application form, accessible here, including the names of two people who know your work and whom you have asked to send recommendations directly to the Cushwa Center.

In addition, please submit the following documents via email to

  1. a current curriculum vitae;

  2. a 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);

  3. a proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.

Recommenders should submit letters directly to the Cushwa Center.  Signed, scanned PDF copies may be submitted to  Letters may also be sent to:

Cushwa Center
407 Geddes Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556


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.

Access the application form here