Eagan Summer Fellowship
ALERT: CUSE has changed its funding policies for Fall 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. All of the policies listed below are on hold until further notice. It is vital that you read the NEW POLICIES before beginning a grant application.
*All students applying to CUSE grants MUST do the following before submitting an application:*
- Review the CUSE funding policies and contact us with any questions.
- Review the information provided on CUSE grant deadlines.
- Review the CUSE budget crafting policies and guidelines.
- Review the international travel and registration guidelines if your work is taking you outside of the United States.
- Review the requirements for human subjects research and the IRB to see if your project requires the certification.
- Review the CUSE post-grant requirements to familiarize yourself with your responsibilities when you return.
- Attend one of of the CUSE grant writing workshops in person or online (coming soon).
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.
2021 Eagan Summer Fellowship
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is happy to announce the Eagan Summer Fellowship to support two Notre Dame undergraduates in an intellectually-enriching summer experience. 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 work 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.
CUSE will consider applications for summer projects in which the student will be housed on-campus or the local community (St. Joseph County). Projects that take place in a student’s hometown may also be considered pending University policy updates. On a case-by-case basis, projects which include travel may be considered, should the University policy allow. All submitted projects that include travel must have a plan for how the applicant will follow CDC, University, and pertinent state and/or municipal COVID guidelines.
Eligibility and Selection
CUSE welcomes Eagan Summer Fellowship applications from first-year or sophomore students, of all colleges and disciplines, enrolled full-time 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.
Proposals must be 4-5 pages (double-spaced) in length and include:
- A detailed description of the experience to be undertaken. If the experience is research-based, include 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 May 5, 2021. The Letter of Recommendation must be submitted by May 9, 2021. Questions regarding this experience may be directed to the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at email@example.com.
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). Make an appointment with a CUSE staff member at cuse.nd.edu/appt.