Research Travel Grants
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 archives.nd.edu.
Additional resources for Catholic Studies are available in collections throughout the Hesburgh Libraries. Rare Books and Special Collections and the library's General Collection house several American Catholic Studies collections including rare books and manuscripts, Catholic newspapers, parish histories, pamphlets, and ephemera from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. A guide to relevant resources available throughout the Hesburgh Libraries is available here.
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/or the University Archives. Applicants should make clear how their projects relate to the study of Catholics in America. Past grant recipients may apply for funding for new research projects after five years. Research Travel Grants are now made in amounts up to $2,000.00.
Please submit an application form (here) with the following documents attached:
- current curriculum vitae;
- 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);
- proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.
Applications must be submitted with required materials by December 31, 2021.
Applicants will be notified by March.
Grant recipients will be asked to:
- participate in an interview about their project and/or provide the center a short report on the results of their research;
- acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;
- notify the Cushwa Center of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.
Please note: As of fall 2020, in-person visits to the Hesburgh Libraries and Notre Dame Archives are restricted to current, active members of the Notre Dame, Saint Mary's, and Holy Cross College communities. The coronavirus pandemic will likely continue to impact visitor access in 2021. Grant recipients will be expected to abide by any restrictions as they plan research visits. Cushwa Center grant funds will remain available to grantees until research visits can be completed.
Assistance with finding affordable accommodations is available through the Cushwa Center.