American Dream Grant

For Undergraduate or Graduate Research 


ISLA-Sponsored Undergraduate Research Travel, Summer 2021

ISLA will consider applications for summer projects in which the student will be housed on-campus or in the local community (St. Joseph County). Faculty-led domestic research (e.g. field studies) and creative projects will be considered on a case-by-case basis. International travel will be considered only if it is faculty led and abides by CDC, State Department, and Notre Dame International guidelines and takes into consideration the conditions/regulations at the research site. ISLA expects all students to comply with local health and safety protocols when traveling. Projects, either domestic or international, with multiple destinations are considered higher risk than those with a single destination. All submitted projects that include travel must have a plan for how the applicant will follow CDC, University, and pertinent state and/or municipal COVID guidelines. All approved travel must be recorded in the Notre Dame Travel Registry and all airfare (both domestic and foreign) must be booked through Anthony Travel.  ISLA funds may not be used for any required quarantine periods when undertaking travel-based research projects.  These policies are subject to change. 3/8/21

The American Dream Summer Grant Program, sponsored by the Prochaska Family, supports research or creative projects on topics exploring the American Dream. 

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. Applicants should make the connection between their project and the American Dream overt in the abstract and introduction of their application.

Max Award: $4,500

Deadline:  April 9, 2021

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