Specialty Grants

CUSE frequently offers specialty grants that are designed for specific opportunities. Sometimes they follow CUSE's standard application procedures, but often they have unique steps or processes. This page outlines the information for each type of specialty grant CUSE currently has active.


Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research in East Asia

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is pleased to offer a special funding opportunity for undergraduate research activities in East Asia. We highly encourage undergraduates to develop proposals to conduct research projects that take place in East Asia. This research can take place during the academic year or over the summer, and there are no restrictions on the duration of the research. The research can be entirely independent or conducted in collaboration with a lab or organization.

For this opportunity, research done in China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan will be given preference. Projects in Southeast Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Singapore) may also be considered.  Preference will be given to undergraduates affiliated with the Mendoza College of Business, but all Notre Dame undergraduates who are U.S. citizens are eligible for this funding.

There is no special application process for this funding. Simply submit a research grant application to CUSE by our standard deadlines and check the "Roberts Endowment for Research in East Asia” box.  Funding limits are $2,500. If students anticipate that the budget for their research expenses will exceed the funding limits, they are encouraged to meet with Dr. Mikuljan in CUSE before drafting a proposal. If students return from their project with receipts proving they spend more than the $2,500, CUSE will consider reimbursing additional funds. 

For more information about CUSE research grants, including application instructions and requirements, visit http://cuse.nd.edu/undergraduate-research/funding-research/cuse-grants/grant-types/research-creative-endeavor/.

For information about upcoming deadlines, visit http://cuse.nd.edu/undergraduate-research/funding-research/cuse-grants/deadlines/.

If you have any questions regarding this special funding opportunity, please email the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at urnd@nd.edu

Thank you to Paul Roberts (ND ’71) for his generosity in establishing the Roberts Undergraduate Research Endowment in East Asian Studies.


2018 Eagan Summer Fellowship

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is happy to announce the 2018 Eagan Summer Fellowship to support three Notre Dame undergraduates in intellectually-enriching summer experiences. The activity must be 8-10 weeks in length, academically-grounded, and may include: independent research, an internship or research assistantship, service-learning, a study abroad program, or language study. The ideal candidates for this fellowship are first generation college students, and all applicants must demonstrate financial need. The $5,000 award will cover direct expenses related to the research as well as provide a stipend for the 8-10 week experience. CUSE hopes that this opportunity will serve as a springboard for future intellectual engagement.

Eligibility and Selection
CUSE welcomes Eagan Summer Fellowship applications from freshmen or sophomore students, of all colleges and disciplines, enrolled as full-time students at the University of Notre Dame. Candidates must demonstrate academic potential and articulate how the proposed experience will enhance both their undergraduate experience and their future goals.  For consideration, submit a proposal that meets the criteria below.  

Proposal Criteria
Proposals must be 4-5 pages (double-spaced) in length and include:

  • A detailed description of the experience to be undertaken, including a discussion of the intellectual issues that you will explore and a bibliography of scholarly sources that grounds the experience in your academic major or coursework.
  • A discussion of the impact of the experience on your academic goals and future trajectory.
  • A statement of financial need.
  • A detailed budget for living expenses during the experience (rent, food, transportation, etc.).
  • A letter of recommendation from a Notre Dame faculty member who can speak to your strengths and potential and who will serve as an intellectual mentor for the project or experience.

Proposals must be submitted to CUSE via UrApply by March 2, 2018. Letter of Recommendation must be submitted by March 9, 2018. Notifications will be issued by March 29, 2018. Questions regarding this experience may be directed to the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at: urnd@nd.edu.

We encourage students to meet with the CUSE team to discuss opportunities and for assistance with preparing their proposals. Recipients will work with the CUSE office to meet all requirements necessary for international and domestic travel, financial disbursement, and Institutional Review Board approvals for Human Subject Research (if applicable). Come to 110 Brownson Hall or email cuse@nd.edu for an appointment.


2018 Grogan Summer Fellowship for Mesothelioma Research

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is pleased to announce the 2018 Grogan Fellowship to support three Notre Dame undergraduate students for a 6-8 week internship developing a public health campaign related to asbestos and mesothelioma. The internship will be based out of the law offices of T.M. Johnson in Chicago, IL, during the summer of 2018.

The focus of the internship is a review of corporate decision-making on the problem of deteriorating asbestos thermal insulation, which continues to plague major U.S. industrial jobsites and exposes new generations of workers to carcinogens associated with asbestos disease, including mesothelioma.

Grogan Fellows will investigate HOW to frame this problem to industrial business owners so that they will remove asbestos from their facilities.  Fellows will review historical documents, medical, scientific, and financial data, legal depositions and testimony, and meet with physicians and workers in order to produce 1) a critical review of facts and issues, 2) three infographics, and 3) a 3-minute video that will be used to educate the public and promote awareness in corporate decision-makers about the continuing crisis of asbestos exposure at U.S. industrial facilities.

The Grogan Fellowship will provide funds to cover all direct expenses associated with the internship, including travel, room and board, as well as a $3,000 stipend.

This Fellowship is open to all majors. Applicants should be sophomores and juniors with prior experience with research and/or creative projects. Students participating in the Bengal and Baraka Bouts boxing programs are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply for the “Grogan Fellowship for Mesothelioma Research” through https://urapply.nd.edu. Applications must include:

  • A 4-5 page double-spaced proposal
  • A resume or CV
  • Contact information for three Notre Dame references

The proposal should address: 1) any relevant skills and previous experiences with research and/or creative projects, especially those related to the Grogan Fellowship; 2) why you are interested in this opportunity (personally, academically, and/or professionally); and 3) how this experience will propel you forward in your academic/professional trajectory and goals.

The deadline for submission is March 29, 2018 and notifications will go out by April 13, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please email the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at urnd@nd.edu.  


2018 ACC Meeting of the Minds

The University of Notre Dame has again been invited to participate in the 13th Annual ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, hosted by Boston College, April 6-8, 2018 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. This is an opportunity for undergraduate students from universities of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to present their work in a professional setting and share their work with peers. Research will be presented as posters, oral presentations or performances. More information on the conference can be found at http://www.bc.edu/offices/avp/2018mm.html

Each year, the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) sends students to represent Notre Dame at this conference and each finds it to be a very rewarding and productive experience. This year, we are able to send up to six students. We are inviting you to apply for this excellent opportunity for professional development, networking, and intellectual enrichment.

Lodging, transportation and all meals while at the conference will be covered by funds provided by the ACC.
CUSE is able to provide documentation for excused absences from class if necessary.

TO APPLY, please submit the following materials to urnd@nd.edu:

  • A cover page with the following information:
    • Name:
    • NDID Number:
    • ND email:
    • Phone #:
    • Major:
    • Preferred Presentation Format (Poster, Oral presentation, Performance):
    • Faculty reference: name, department, and contact information for a faculty mentor or advisor who can act as a reference and speak to the merits of the project, its impact on your undergraduate experience, and your academic capabilities.
  • A one page abstract of the work to be presented at the conference.
  • A two page proposal that includes:
    • Presentation Title
    • A brief discussion of the broader impact that the presentation might have (i.e., what contribution to the scholarly community does the research make? Why is this project significant? Etc.). This discussion should include a clear engagement with the scholarly literature in the area in which your project lies, as demonstrated by in-text citations AND a short bibliography of relevant scholarly works.
    • Your learning goals for this experience. What do you hope to gain? How does presenting at this conference relate to and advance your academic plans and intellectual development? How will it impact your post-graduate plans?

The deadline for submissions has been extended until February 12, 2018.  Any questions about the conference or the application process should be directed to the URND team at: urnd@nd.edu.