Research Travel Grants

Hesburgh Library

The Cushwa Center’s Research Travel Grants foster research in the University Archives and the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame.

Grant application form

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

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 made in amounts up to $2,000.00. 

Application Procedures 

Please submit an application form (here) with the following documents attached:

  1. current curriculum vitae;
  2. 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. proposed budget estimating travel, lodging, and research expenses.

Applications must be submitted with required materials by December 31, 2024.


Applicants will be notified by March.


Grant recipients will be asked to:

  1. participate in an interview about their project and/or provide the center a short report on the results of their research;
  2. acknowledge the grant in all publications which result from their research;
  3. notify the Cushwa Center of any publication resulting in whole or in part from the grant.


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

Grant application form