Academic Immersion

*NEW Grant Policies and Application Requirements for 2018-2019*

  • NO deadlines for academic year grant applications and recommendation letters. Priority deadlines for fall, winter, and spring breaks can be found hereThe final deadline to submit a complete application for a summer grant is March 8, 2019. 
  • CUSE grants will not fund study abroad programs, class projects, or club or student group travel.
  • Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. However, grant funding will not be award retroactively.
  • 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.
    • All grant applications must include: (1) a proposal, (2) a faculty letter of recommendation, and (3) an itemized budget.
    • Certain projects may also require IRB approval for research involving human subjects and/or NDI approval for international travel to countries with Level 3-4 Travel Advisories. Students are advised to allow plenty of time for IRB review and/or travel approvals what may affect their travel and research plans.
  • For group projects, each student must submit an individual application with their own, unique proposal. Duplicate proposals, in whole or in part, 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.

Scholarly Immersion/Discernment

CUSE recognizes that scholarly engagement takes many forms. Visiting museums, attending art shows, networking with business leaders in a seminar setting, and many other activities can add significant value to a student's academic experience and, therefore, seeks to support student involvement in such endeavors.

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 (2-3 double-spaced pages) that includes:
    1. A description of the activity/opportunity with start and end dates. 
    2. A description of the activities that you expect to undertake within the time frame.
    3. A discussion of your learning goals for the activity.
    4. A discussion of how the experience relates to your academic work, particularly as it relates to your goals for research, scholarship, or creative endeavor. 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 language.
    5. Any additional information or items relevant to your proposal.
  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 recieve 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: $1,000
  • Summer: $1,000
Exceptional Immersion/Discernment Proposal Example:

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