Brockmole Photo 2017 Small WebpISLA Director James Brockmole

ISLA: An Overview

The University of Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters established the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) in 1984 to help build, sustain and renew a distinguished faculty in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and to enhance the intellectual life of the University.

To accomplish these goals, ISLA provides support and resources in four areas:

Conference Support

Logistic and financial support for academic conferences on campus and at the University's Global Gateways

Faculty Funding

Small and large grants for research, scholarship, and creative works; travel to international conferences; publication support

Fellowships and Grants

Support for seeking and applying for external funding to federal agencies, foundations, and corporate sponsors and post-award grants management

Student Funding

Undergraduate and graduate student financial support for research projects

Over the past three decades, ISLA has played a central role in enhancing the scholarly reputation of Notre Dame’s Arts and Letters faculty and promoting graduate and undergraduate research.


"ISLA is a key partner in building the reputation of the College of Arts and Letters and the University as a whole." — Notre Dame Provost Thomas G. Burish