Creative Endeavors

Creative Endeavors

Successful Creative Endeavor grant applications have funded the creation, production, and performance of works in a variety of media: film, television, theater; photography, painting, sculpture, and other studio art; play- and screenwriting; composition; musical and dramatic performance; and creative writing. Regardless of medium, students should ensure their grant application reflects both their own engagement with their project’s artistic tradition and a high degree of technical ability in the chosen medium. The grant application should also outline the student’s chosen approach to the genre, and provide a justification for that approach. The goal of this project is the production of an excellent piece of original work.

*NEW Grant Policies and Application Requirements for 2017-2018*

  • NO deadlines for academic year grant applications and recommendation letters. The deadline to submit a complete application for a summer grant is March 9, 2018.
  • CUSE does NOT fund Notre Dame sponsored study abroad trips in any grant category.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time, though we highly encourage students to submit applications at least three weeks prior to travel to ensure ample processing time..
  • CUSE has instituted priority grant application deadlines for academic year breaks. In order to ensure that your application has the best possible chance to receive funding, you are strongly encouraged to submit your completed application by the dates below. While applications submitted after this date may still be reviewed, CUSE does not guarantee that funding will be available or that the committee will have time to review your application and make a decision before you travel.
    Priority Spring Break: February 7, 2018    |    Summer Deadline: March 9, 2018
  • Applications WILL NOT be reviewed until ALL required application materials and necessary approvals have been submitted to CUSE. Incomplete applications will not be considered for funding. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all application materials and project approvals are submitted in a timely manner.
Grant Application Requirements:
  1. A Cover Page and Abstract.
    • Complete the CUSE Grant Cover Page form and provide a 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 the UW-Madison Writing Center's guide to abstracts and abstract examples.
  2. A Proposal (4-5 double-spaced pages) that includes:
    1. An Introduction that states: the proposed project; the topic, question, or issue that you wish to investigate; and the anticipated significance of the project in lay terms.  For creative endeavors, you should describe what art is being produced and the issue or problem it addresses.
    2. A Background that explains the issues related to the project; a brief review of work that has already been done in the area of your project; and a clear, compelling rationale for the project. This section should demonstrate a familiarity with the traditions of the chosen medium as well as thoughtful engagement with contemporary scholarship relevant to the project. For creative endeavors, this includes many different types of scholarship; literary criticism, theories about art, history, auteur theories and artist biographies would all be considered relevant scholarship. In-text citations AND a short bibliography of relevant scholarship must be included in the proposal.
    3. A Project Design/Methodology section that provides a detailed description of the creative techniques that will be used and justification for this approach.
    4. A Student Credentials & Faculty Collaboration section. This section should demonstrate two things: your competence in your chosen medium and that your project will have guidance from an appropriate faculty member. Use this section to detail both your experience working in with your chosen medium and what mentorship you expect to have for this project. You may attach photographs, website links, or other examples of your work to demonstrate your credentials.
    5. A clear Statement of Project Goals section. This section should address your project in the light of your artistic, academic, and professional goals.  What are those goals? How will creating this work help you accomplish those goals?  Explain what this project will add to your portfolio, which skills it will help you to develop, and what kind of knowledge you hope to gain by completing it.
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from a supervising Notre Dame faculty member.
    • After you have submitted your proposal using the Student Grant Network (URApply), the faculty member should receive an email with instructions for uploading 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.
  4. 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. 
  5. A completed domestic travel waiver if traveling within the United States. Students traveling internationally must register their travel with Notre Dame International.
    • *If you are traveling to a country with a level 1-2 travel advisory, 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). 
  6. 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: $1500
  • Summer: $3000

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