American Dream Grant

For Undergraduate or Graduate Research 


American Dream Photo Steven Willis Anthony Ragler

ISLA invites undergraduates and graduate students in all Arts and Letters disciplines to submit proposals to the American Dream Summer Grant Program, a grant sponsored by the Prochaska Family. 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.

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.

Max Award: $4,500


  • Applicants should make the connection between their project and the American Dream overt in the abstract and introduction of their application.
  • Graduate students should include a CV and a completed American Dream Cover Sheet with their application. 
  • Funding for the purchase of computers, cameras, and other electronic equipment will not be provided. Rental costs for such equipment will be considered.
  • Inform ISLA Student Program Coordinator Therese Blacketor if you have also applied for Kellogg or Kroc summer grants.

How to Apply for Funding    Submit an Application


 Other Funding Opportunities