The American Dream Summer Grant Program

Sponsored by the Prochaska Family

Deadline: March 20, 2017


The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) invites undergraduates (sophomores and juniors) and graduate students in all Arts and Letters disciplines to submit proposals to the American Dream Summer Grant Program. These grants support undergraduate and graduate student research or creative projects on topics exploring the American Dream. Applications from undergraduates doing senior thesis research are particularly welcome. The maximum award per student is $4500. Funding for the purchase of computers, cameras, and other electronic equipment will not be provided.

Possible projects might include studies of immigration to the United States, the development of American social ideals, changes in real and perceived social mobility in contemporary American society, and the ways in which artists and novelists have envisioned America. The fund is also interested in supporting projects that analyze how Americans and American ideals are understood outside the United States, and how global trends, in turn, shape American society.

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A double-spaced, 4-5 page proposal, budget, and a letter of recommendation are required of both undergraduates and graduates (See UROP Proposal Requirements). Undergraduates must upload their application materials to Student Grant Network; graduate students should email their completed applications, along with a CV and American Dream Grant Proposal Cover Sheet, to Therese Blacketor

Applicants must inform Therese Blacketor, Student Program Coordinator for the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA), if they have also applied for Kellogg or Kroc summer grants.

See Summer Grant Post-Award Requirements for final report guidelines.

American Dream Resources at Hesburgh Library

Hesburgh Library has varied print and media resources appropriate for American Dream research, thanks to a generous gift from the Prochaska family.