The History of Philosophy Forum’s Small Grants Program is a small grant for scholars based at institutions outside the USA, to defray the costs of a short stay at the University of Notre Dame, for the purposes of conducting history-of-philosophy research that would benefit from the use of our world-class library resources and consultation/collaboration with our faculty.  The grant can only be used for travel and accommodation. Award amounts are in the range of $1,400-$4,000, with 4-5 grants potentially available each year. 

Note: We especially welcome applications that have some thematic relationship to our current research cluster, "Modeling the Mind in the History of Philosophy."  However, the grant program is open to all projects in the history of philosophy (broadly construed).

Note regarding COVID-19 procedures: We are aiming for in-person research visits for our 2023-2024 awardees.  However, given the constantly developing nature of this global health situation, we are asking awardees for understanding in case it becomes necessary to alter the timing or format of a visit in response to conditions at the time.  On-campus visitors will be required to abide by all national, local, and university health regulations.

Applications are Open for the Academic Year 2023-2024.


Call for Applications

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All application materials are due March 15, 2023.

Program Information

Application Requirements: Completed application (see below for details), and a History of Philosophy Forum faculty affiliate who has agreed to act as the faculty host for your visit.  Please contact your proposed faculty host before applying.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a Ph.D. and primary academic affiliation with an institution outside the USA, at time of application.  The research project must be in the history of philosophy (broadly construed), which must also be the applicant’s primary research area.  Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

Timeframe: Research stays would normally be 2-4 weeks, but in cases where the applicant has co-funding from another source, a stay may be extended up to a full semester.  A research stay should normally be planned within the framework of the Notre Dame academic semester: roughly August 21 - December 15, 2023 for the fall semester, and January 16 - May 10, 2024 for the spring semester. We may sometimes be able to provide visitors with on-campus housing, but these apartments have limited availability.  If you have flexibility in your dates of travel, please include that information in your application to facilitate the allocation of apartments.   

Disbursement Conditions: We are only able to pay or reimburse for travel expenses to Notre Dame (e.g., flight) and accommodations during your stay.  We will contact successful applicants to help make arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee; awarded amounts will be determined based on the proposed budget and available funds.

Visas: Grant recipients are responsible for making their own arrangements for visas.


How To Apply:

Applications should be submitted online at the link below.  The application consists of three sections: applicant information, project information, and a proposal upload.  Please read the instructions below carefully before applying.  When submitting online, you will be asked to enter the following:

(1) Applicant Information 

  • Your contact info
  • Your institutional affiliation
  • (For applicants with fewer than 3 years elapsed since receipt of Ph.D.): Name, institutional affiliation, and email address of a reference whom we can contact for a letter of recommendation.

(2) Project Information 

  • Title and abstract of research project
  • 3 or more keywords to describe the project
  • Timeframe for stay 
  • Total amount of funding requested
  • Information about any co-funding for this visit
  • Name of the Notre Dame faculty host 

(3) Proposal (please compile into one PDF document and upload)

  • Description of project, including explanation of why this project would benefit from a research stay at Notre Dame (maximum 2 single-spaced pages).
  • Budget with estimated costs for travel (flight) and accommodation. (Different types of accommodation vary considerably in cost; if you are unsure how to estimate, you may use $900 USD/week as an estimate.)
  • Current CV


Apply Now (deadline: March 15, 2023)


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