External Fellowships & Grant Support

Grace Hall #1 signNotre Dame faculty have won more NEH fellowships since 1999 than any other university in the country.

(For Student Grants, visit Student Funding)

One of ISLA’s primary goals is to assist scholars in the College of Arts and Letters in securing external grants for research, artistic creativity, and academic conferences. Thanks to ISLA's efforts in this area, Notre Dame leads the nation in National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships and ranks in the Top 5 for major national fellowships in the arts, humanities, and social sciences—including Guggenheim, ACLS, and Fulbright awards, among others. 

Fellowship and Grant Assistance

ISLA provides a one-stop office for pre-award, post-award, and grant business management services. 

Pre-Award Services

For those wishing to apply for a grant, we offer the following services:

  • Targeted project-specific searches for grant opportunities
  • Critiques of draft proposals
  • Help in drafting letters of inquiry and narratives
  • Proposal and budget development assistance
  • Assistance with securing institutional cost sharing
  • Routing of grant proposals through the bureaucracy

We maintain a database of funding opportunities and keep a library of successful grant and fellowship proposals for faculty to read. We also sponsor grant and fellowship workshops for faculty. The staff has many years of experience in grant proposal development. Ken Garcia, Associate Director, focuses on grants and fellowships in the arts and humanities. Lori Loftis, Assistant Director, focuses on grants in the social sciences. 

Grants Program Management

Once a faculty member has been awarded a grant, ISLA partners with Notre Dame Research to provide post-award administrative supportShannon Buchmann and Emily Case of the Grants Program Management (GPM) team strive to provide administrative support specifically tailored to address the unique requirements of each Notre Dame researcher. Services provided by the GPM team include:

  • Establish award budgets and accounts for grant expenditures
  • Communicate terms of award and requirements to research team
  • Conduct “launch meetings” with faculty to identify and coordinate project business needs
  • Develop account projections/internal financial reporting for PIs to monitor and plan for grant expenditures
  • Assist with purchasing/payments (buyNDProcardcheck requisitions, etc.)
  • Provide support for unique/complicated travel arrangements and expense reimbursements (travelND)
  • Serve as liaison to central offices for unique, unusual, or odd questions/needs/concerns
  • Create position descriptions, and assist a department with appointment needs
  • Provide support for CORES (Core Ordering and Reporting Enterprise System), the core facility ordering and reporting software application