Service Learning

Service learning grants allow students to participate in an academically-grounded service experience that is directly connected to their academic coursework and their future intellectual trajectory. The service must be clearly in line with the students’ future goals and grounded in the scholarship surrounding the problem the service seeks to address. Browse the list below to discover the centers and institutes that fund service learning. 

  1. General
  2. Honors Programs


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies
The Kellogg Institute is an interdisciplinary center that supports research on democracy and human development, as well as other research themes important around the globe. As part of their Experiencing the World (ETW) fellowship program, first-years and sophomores can receive funding for summer research, research assistantships, internships, service learning, and language study. The program is intended to give first-years and sophomores the chance to engage in exploratory projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

The First Year of Studies (FYS)
As part of NDignite, The First Year of Studies funds both academic year and summer research and creative endeavors, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance and presentation, language study, and scholarly immersion/discernment to introduce first-year students to undergraduate research at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame International (NDI)
Notre Dame International is a center on campus that seeks to promote international study, exchange, and scholarship on campus. Their Rome International Scholars program gives students the opportunity to study in Rome, Italy during the spring semester of their junior year and then complete a research project, internship, or service learning during the following summer. ND International provides housing and meal allowance for the spring semester as well as a scholarship for the summer project.

The Center for Social Concerns (CSC)
The Center for Social Concerns challenges students and faculty to take responsibility for the social issues of our national and global societies. They seek to bridge the gap between academic learning, service, and social action by providing undergraduates summer internship and service learning opportunities. Their Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) and International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) place students in a 3-4 credit course and later fund an 8 week summer service-learning project.

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies
The Nanovic Institute is an interdisciplinary center that supports academic year and summer research, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance, and language study in Europe or about European Studies. Their European Internship & Service grants fund summer internship or volunteer opportunities in Europe that simultaneously allow students gain professional experience and immerse themselves in European languages and cultures.

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Honors Programs

The Glynn Family Honors Program
The Glynn Family Honors Program provides talented undergraduates special classes and mentorship from distinguished faculty. They also provide their students with both academic year and summer funding for research, internships, research assistantships, service learning, conference presentations, and language study.

The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program
The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program is a merit-based and leadership development program that brings together outstanding undergraduates who will change Notre Dame and the world. As part of the Summer Enrichment Experiences, first-year Hesburgh-Yusko scholars are provided funding to participate in 8 week long service learning projects focused on social justice.

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