Funding Opportunities

Submit Application

1916 Conference in Dublin

ISLA offers two major funding programs to support faculty-initiated conferences, lecture series, and visiting artist events. Small Henkels Lecture and Mini-Conference Grants of up to $1,000 support smaller meetings or to co-sponsor larger meetings whose major sponsors are other departments, institutes, or centers on campus.  Large Henkels Grants of up to $20,000 are available to support major conferences that have significant costs to produce.

Unfortunately, the global Covid pandemic continues to cause massive disruption to travel and place severe restrictions on in-person gatherings.  An uncertain future coupled with the lead-times associated with event and travel planning have now forced us to alter our support for conferences and related activities.  Details of the COVID-19 impact on each of our conference support programs is available below.

Be sure to review the application procedures before submitting your grant request. Successful applicants should be sure to credit ISLA appropriately

It is essential for all Henkels Grants that the application be drawn up and submitted by the organizing faculty member.

Grant categories

Small Henkels Lecture or Mini-Conference Grant (up to $1,000)

In the absence of in-person events during the COVID pandemic, the Small Henkels Grant program will focus on helping faculty organize and fund virtual meetings, mini-conferences, and workshops.  Faculty members may request up to $1,000 to defray the costs of webinar licenses, technical support, administrative support, and speaker honoraria.  

When submitting an application, please note that speaker honoraria are limited to $250 per person.  Additionally, faculty are asked to list all other sources of support, the amount requested from those sources, and contact information for those sources (name, email address, phone number). 

Proposals are accepted at any time except June 1 to July 31. All proposals for a Small Henkels Grant must be submitted at least one month before the event.

Faculty are limited to one Small Henkels Lecture Grant or Mini-Conference Grant award per academic year.

Large Henkels Grant (up to $20,000)

Due to COVID-19 related restrictions on travel and in-person gatherings, we have temporarily suspended the Large Henkels Grant Program.  We hope that we will be able to reopen this program in the Spring to support events in 2022 or later.

Grants of up to $20,000 to cover the costs of:

  • an academic conference on campus or in one of the University’s Global Gateways,
  • a series of lectures or performances, or
  • a single, significant visiting lecturer or performer.

Departments, institutes, and interdisciplinary groups can bring scholars to Notre Dame for two or more days of public events including a lecture, colloquium, panel, or performance. Visiting scholars and performers must be among the leaders in their field. While all events may not result in a publication, the Institute expects that proposals will be designed with the goal of having a lasting effect beyond a series of lectures or performances. In addition to the support requested from ISLA, please list all other sources.

All ISLA Large Grants are reviewed by an anonymous panel of Arts and Letters faculty. The review process takes about a month to complete.

Faculty are limited to two Large Henkels Grants in this category in a five-year period.

More Information

Please note that ISLA has an academic conferences unit to assist College of Arts and Letters faculty with every step of the process of planning for a conference or lecture, including space arrangements and budget. These services are available for events with total budgets of $10,000 or more.

To learn more, contact Lauri Roberts (631-1468) or Kristen Garvin-Podell (631-7291) at 356 O’Shaughnessy. It is advisable to contact the academic conferences office as early in the planning process as possible.