Application Procedures

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Applications for ISLA conference funding must present the intellectual issues to be addressed by the proposed conference or event and should cover each of the following points.

  1. Identification of the audience to be targeted (for example, the general undergraduate population; faculty and students in a particular discipline; the wider community, etc.).
  2. Statement of the importance of the proposed series to its potential audience and other University initiatives.
  3. A list of representative scholars likely to participate in the conference or lecture series. You need not have commitments from all these scholars. Please include a brief resume or biography for each person.
  4. Description of the schedule of events planned for the conference or each scholar’s visit, including both formal and informal occasions. The dates need not be final in the proposal; however, you must include the general program for the conference or for each scholar’s visit.
  5. Plans to publicize the conference or lecture series.
  6. Specific plans to involve both faculty and students, and the community whenever possible.
  7. List of funding awards from ISLA for the past two years.
  8. An abbreviated CV of no more than 2 pages for the author(s) of the proposal.
  9. A detailed budget including the following
  • A list of honoraria*, travel costs, and the cost of campus activities associated with the conference or scholars' visit
  • A list of the support you are requesting from ISLA and other sources and contact information for those sources (name, email address, phone number)
  • The budget must be prepared with the assistance of ISLA’s Academic Conference staff (Lauri Roberts or Kristen Garvin-Podell)

Reminder: Proposals for Large Henkels grants are due two funding cycles in advance of the event. 

Grant evaluations are based on clarity and completeness. Proposals that do not include complete information will be returned to the authors for revision and imminent resubmission. If the request is for a Large Henkels award, then revision and resubmission would take place in the next funding cycle.

Special attention will be paid to all lecture and conference proposals that place an emphasis on the inclusion of faculty, students, and the Notre Dame community, as well as the South Bend community, whenever possible, since the goal of Henkels awards is to touch a broad audience.

*ISLA funding for lectures/conferences cannot be spent on honoraria for participants who are employed at Notre Dame.