Small Grants for International Researchers

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. The standard award amount is $3500, with up to 8 grants potentially available each year.

Collaboration with the Société Internationale pour l'Étude de la Philosophie Médiévale (SIEPM): The Forum has partnered with the SIEPM to reserve one small grant position for an SIEPM member in good standing, provided that sufficiently competitive applications are received. Applicants awarded the grant from this collaboration would be reimbursed up to €1000 (EUR) from SIEPM for travel and up to $2300 (USD) from the History of Philosophy Forum for accommodation. Eligibility, the application process, and program information otherwise remain the same.

Research themes: 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).

Call for Applications

Applications for this program are closed. The application window for AY 2025-26 will open sometime in Fall 2024.

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 to secure their agreement 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: The typical length of a research stay is between 2 weeks and 2 months. However, to provide sufficient time for research and engagement with the academic community, 2 weeks is a required minimum. It may be helpful to know that a grant will usually cover 2-4 weeks of accommodation, depending on the type of accommodation and cost of flight. We certainly welcome longer stays in cases where the applicant is able to cover the additional costs from another source. A research stay should normally be planned within the framework of the Notre Dame academic semester: roughly August 26 - December 20, 2024 for the fall semester, and January 13 - May 9, 2025 for the spring semester. We may 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. Awards will cover costs pertaining to travel and accommodation, up to $3500.

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 note that applicants are welcome to apply to both the "Small Grants for International Researchers" and the "Summer Writing and Research Grants" programs if they meet the relevant eligibility requirements. Applicants are, however, only eligible to receive one grant award per cycle. 

Please read the instructions below carefully before applying. When submitting online, you will be asked to enter the following:

(1) Applicant Information

  • Your name and title
  • 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
  • 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).
  • Current CV

Deadline: March 15, 2024

Application Form [Closed] 

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