Creative Endeavor

Creative endeavor grants are for students producing substantial original works in any of various media, including film, television, theater; photography, painting, sculpture, and other studio art; play writing and screenwriting; composition; musical and dramatic performance; and creative writing. Student artists ground their productions in systematic studies of art history, art theory, and the forms and media in which they are working, all of which engage traditional research methods. The student is self-directed in selecting the nature and scope of the project while working under the guidance of a faculty advisor or other professional mentor. Production of original work at an advanced level is the major focus of the project. Browse the list below to discover the centers and institutes that fund creative endeavors.


The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement. As part of this mission, we fund students from all year levels and colleges during both the academic year and summer for research and creative endeavors, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance and presentation, and scholarly immersion/discernment.

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA)
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts seeks to build, sustain, and renew faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and enhance intellectual life on campus. ISLA funds undergraduates from the College of Arts and Letters for academic year and summer research, research assistantships, and conference presentations through its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The institute also sponsors two special grants for undergraduates. The Social Justice in the Marketplace grant funds research and research apprenticeships on the relationship between market forces and social justice. The Sciola Grant for Undergraduate Research in Italy supports research in Italy on the impacts of Catholic tradition on Italian artistic culture.

The First Year of Studies (FYS)
As part of NDignite, The First Year of Studies funds both academic year and summer research and creative endeavors, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance and presentation, language study, and scholarly immersion/discernment to introduce first-year students to undergraduate research at Notre Dame.