Research and Creative Project Resources

Senior thesis

B.F.A. and B.A. honors senior thesis is for the most talented and motivated department majors who wish to develop a capstone project during their senior year. All students completing a thesis project are required to install and exhibit their project during the dates of the annual B.F.A./B.A. Honors thesis student exhibition in the spring semester.

2022 A|AH|D senior thesis presentation

Research support

Undergraduate students may apply for numerous funding opportunities to support their coursework, special projects, and career advancement. Below is a list of funding sources and support services on campus to help fund research projects, summer internships, and professional development.

  • Center for Languages and Cultures Summer Language Abroad (SLA)
    The SLA Grant program was created in 2009 to help students attain advanced levels of foreign language proficiency. Through the SLA program, students are able to gain both functional linguistic skills as well as access to the intellectual capital of cross-cultural exchange and cross-linguistic study during their academic careers.
  • Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement 
    The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) promotes the intellectual development of our undergraduates through scholarly engagement, research, creative endeavors, and the pursuit of fellowships.
  • Gero Travel Grant
    The Gero grant supports travel and related expenses for a research paper, senior thesis, or capstone studio project in pursuit of a B.A. or B.F.A. degree in studio art or art history. All proposals for travel must be approved and sponsored by a faculty advisor. Travel may occur during the academic year or during the summer and may be in conjunction with a study abroad experience, or an independently planned research trip. A limited number of awards range from $3,000-$6,000 dollars. For spring submission only. Gero Family Travel Grant application.
  • Glynn Family Honors Program Grants & Fellowship
    The Glynn Family Honors Program strives to provide summer research grants to all Honors Program students who submit a meaningful research proposal
  • Institute for Scholarship in Liberal Arts
  • ISLA offers an abundance of information including internal and external funding, grants, and scholarships. 
  • Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grants
    The Kellogg and Kroc Institutes offer Research Grants for undergraduate students at Notre Dame during the summer. The grants are intended for juniors whose interests include a clear international dimension related to the Kellogg Institute's themes or the themes of the Kroc Institute. Grants up to $5,000 each (in exceptional, justifiable cases, the Kellogg Institute may increase this amount,) will be awarded for research abroad or, if demonstrably appropriate, in the United States. 
  • Liu Institute Research Grants
    The Liu Institute is pleased to offer funding to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing Asia-related research or participating in general (non-language) study abroad programs to Asia.
  • Nanovic Institute for European Studies Research Grants
    Research, internship, and language study grants connect students to the cultures and ideas that have and continue to shape Europe today. All students, regardless of their field of study, are encouraged to consider applying for Nanovic funding. Students interested in applying for funding should familiarize themselves with the Institute’s research priorities and review upcoming deadlines. The Institute offers a number of resources on grant proposal writing and research including one on one advising and a 1-credit research methods and project design course.
  • Pulte Institute Student Fellowship
    The Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship program is designed to train rising social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs at Notre Dame through experiential learning on the front lines of development work across the globe. Fellows travel to developing countries, where they work alongside one of Pulte's leading public or private partners doing hands-on work on critical, strategic issues related to social entrepreneurship.