Conference Presentation

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Fall 2021 Note: CUSE has updated our funding policies as of August 4, 2021. It is vital that you review them before proceeding with a grant application. 






*All students applying to CUSE grants MUST do the following before submitting an application:*

  1. Review the CUSE funding policies and contact us with any questions.
  2. Review the information provided on CUSE grant deadlines
  3. Review the CUSE budget crafting policies and guidelines.
  4. Review the international travel and registration guidelines if your work is taking you outside of the United States. 
  5. Review the requirements for human subjects research and the IRB to see if your project requires the certification. 
  6. Review the CUSE post-grant requirements to familiarize yourself with your responsibilities when you return.
  7. Meet with a CUSE advisor prior to submitting an application. Students who fail to meet with an advisor are at a disadvantage in the grant review process.

All students are expected to have reviewed the information and taken the necessary steps relevant to their project before continuing to the application steps below. Once you have completed steps 1-7, proceed to the instructions below for compiling your application.

Academic Conference Presentation

A student travels to a regional, national, or international conference or symposium for the purposes of presenting the results of their faculty-mentored research. The purpose of this opportunity is to allow students to participate in professional development that will have an impact on their academic and/or career goals.

Note: CUSE encourages you to apply for funding early, even if you have not received formal acceptance to the conference. That allows the CUSE grant committee to make a decision on your application with enough time. If you are awarded funding, CUSE will hold your award until you receive formal acceptance from the conference.

Grant Application Requirements:
  1. An Abstract outlining your proposed project.
    • Provide 100-200 word abstract describing the proposed project or activity. The abstract should introduce your project/activity and highlight your major goals. For assistance writing an abstract, see this guide to abstracts and this abstract example.
  2. A Proposal (4-5 double-spaced pages) that includes:
    1. A description of the conference and relevance to your research: what organization is holding the conference, dates & location, poster presentation or panel presentation, etc.
    2. A copy of the presentation title and abstract that has been accepted.
    3. A brief discussion of your research and the broader impact that the presentation might have. Explain the scholarly contribution of your research for a general audience.
    4. A statement explaining how this relates to your academic trajectory and post-graduation goals (i.e. how this presentation relates to and advances your academic plans, intellectual development, and professional goals). The most persuasive proposals clearly indicate how this particular event contributes to your long-term trajectory by preparing you for the job market of your chosen career, introducing you to key scholars in your field, or providing an essential learning experience for your research with explicit, specific examples.
    5. A description of other activities you intend to participate in during the conference, including other sessions/panels you plan to attend and why.
    6. Any additional information or items relevant to your proposal.
  3. A copy of the acceptance letter for the conference.
  4. A Letter of Recommendation from a supervising Notre Dame faculty member.
    • After you have submitted your proposal using the Student Grant Application System, the faculty member should receive an email with instructions for submitting their letter. Faculty will not be able to submit their letter until after the proposal has been submitted. Grant proposals will not be reviewed until we receive a faculty recommendation letter.
  5. 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 Student Grant Application System 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. 
  6. A completed domestic travel waiver if traveling within the United States. Students traveling internationally must register their travel with Notre Dame International.
  7. Human subjects research / 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
  • The average funding provided for conference presentation is $1,000. 
  • CUSE will consider requests for higher funding amounts on a case by case basis. 

Click here to access the Conference Presentation Worksheet for a helpful guide to crafting a strong proposal.