Roberts Endowment for Research in East Asia

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:*

  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. 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.

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. Please note that CUSE grants are not intended to fund study abroad programs or class projects.

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 Kathleen Schuler 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

For information about upcoming deadlines, visit

If you have any questions regarding this special funding opportunity, please email the Undergraduate Research team at CUSE at

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