Conference Attendance

Academic Conference Attendance

A student travels to a regional, national, or international conference or symposium for the purposes of discernment, research, networking, or professional development. The purpose of this opportunity is to allow students to attend academic conferences to learn about a specific discipline or practice, even when they have no work to present.

Grant Requirements:
  1. A Proposal (2-3 double-spaced pages) that includes:
    1. A 100-200 word Abstract describing the proposed conference.  The abstract should introduce the conference, the significance of the conference, and highlight your major goals.
    2. A description of the conference (e.g. what organization is holding the conference, conference theme(s), etc.)
    3. A description of the particular sessions or panels that you plan to attend.
    4. A discussion of your learning goals for attending the conference.
    5. A discussion of why attendance is important to you, particularly with regard to your major course of study, research plans, and overall academic goals. 
    6. A clear engagement with scholarly literature related to the conference activities, as demonstrated by in-text citations AND a short bibliography of relevant works
    7. Any additional information or items relevant to your proposal.
  2. A Letter of Recommendation from a supervising Notre Dame faculty member.
    • After you have submitted your proposal using the Common Application, the faculty member should recieve an email with instructions for uploading their letter. Faculty will not be able to submit their letter until after the proposal has been submitted. We allow a 5-day grace period beyond the deadline to receive letters of recommendation. Grant proposals for which we do not receive a faculty recommendation five days beyond the original deadline will not be considered for funding. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that their faculty mentor uploads their recommendation letter in a timely manner.
  3. An itemized Budget using the approved CUSE student budget form
    • CUSE budget guidelines can be found here. The budget must be itemized and show all your calculations for figuring out each cost and a source to justify those calculations.  It is the student's responsibility to develop a budget that is complete and accurate. Students must submit their budget on URApply with the student budget form. Any changes to a budget after the project is awarded, such as transfers between line items, must be pre-approved by CUSE. 
  4. A completed domestic travel waiver if traveling within the United States. Students traveling internationally must register their travel with Notre Dame International.
    • *Please DO NOT complete the travel registry until you have received notification that you have received an award from CUSE (disregard the automated email that URApply sends requesting one). 
  5. Human subjects / IRB approval, if applicable.
    • Students engaging in research involving human subjects must complete research ethics training and submit a protocol to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for approval. Students who require IRB approval to conduct research must submit a copy of the approval from Notre Dame Research. Follow the link for more information on IRB and the training and submission process
Funding Limits:
  • Academic Year: $500
  • Summer: $500

Exceptional Conference Attendance Propsal Example: