Insider Project

The Insider Project

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The Insider Project is a framework for mobile, agile, and ad hoc study trips, seminars and research abroad. These initiatives are small, short-term, faculty-led student groups organized around faculty research agendas and site-specific opportunities for global education.

  • Participants: undergraduate students
  • Faculty member selects student participants
  • Easy grant application process for faculty members
  • Quick funding response

Gives faculty the opportunity to lead short-term non-credit bearing trips abroad that are usually one week in length and do not require a traditional teaching commitment.

  • Logistical support and projects determined by the faculty member’s current research and professional interests.
  • The project is funded initially by the Office of the Provost (2016-2019) and is administered via NDI.
  • For faculty leading student trips abroad, Notre Dame International provides health and safety resources. Undergraduate students traveling abroad are required to register their travel via NDI's Travel Registry.

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Grant Description

Grants of approximately $10,000 - $15,000 will be awarded to 5 or 6 selected proposals each year.

  • There is a required 80/20 split with participating units, meaning that the Office of the Provost will provide 80%, while 20% of the total costs will be covered by the participating unit. The latter portion may, for example, be paid by the relevant dean’s office or an Institute; alternately, faculty research funds or other resources may be used. The College of Science and the College of Arts and Letters have agreed to cover the 20% cost share requirement for proposals originating from their respective schools. 
  • The student “commitment fee” is $300 and should be built into the proposal.

Program Purpose

Successful proposals will capitalize on the research and professional expertise of faculty currently engaged in international work. Study trips will ideally link to other educational goals by—for example—stimulating undergraduate research projects, senior theses, distinction papers, and independent work, or simply support students toward the completion of a major or minor.

The proposal should be designed to focus on sites where personal, on-site interaction is absolutely vital, e.g.:

  • international film festivals,
  • conferences,
  • libraries,
  • archaeological sites,
  • laboratories,
  • archives,
  • artistic and architectural installations,
  • performances and festivals, etc.

This program augments but does not replace traditional study abroad and should build upon existing language and culture programs. The ideal proposal will elicit local expertise and talent in a manner that allows for a reciprocal relationship with Notre Dame, e.g. return lectures, panels, or presentations on campus in South Bend. The successful proposal might also encourage cross-unit cooperation.  

Eligible Faculty Applicants

Full-time regular members of the Notre Dame faculty, including tenured and tenure-track faculty, research faculty, library faculty, and special professional faculty, are eligible to apply.

Proposal Format - Easy Application

Please Note: BEFORE submitting a proposal, you are required to meet with Geraldine Meehan at NDI to discuss your proposed budget.  

Each proposal should include the following items:

  1. Abstract of the proposed project (one paragraph).
  2. Brief Description of the proposed project (two-page maximum).
  3. Selection criteria (what criteria will you use to ensure a fair selection of student participants?)
  4. Budget and Budget Justification (one-page maximum). Budget must include airfare, visa fees (if applicable), housing, food, other on the ground expenses, transport, activity/entrance fees, international health insurance approx. $12.50 per week/per student. 
  5. Current & Pending Budget Information (list other sources of funding and the status of other applications for this project)
  6. Short CV (two-page maximum, current) for each faculty member.  
  7. Endorsement by the Chair (brief note of endorsement).

Proposal Submission

Completed proposals and all accompanying documents must be submitted online via Notre Dame International's submissions manager.


Questions should be directed to Bill Donahue, Department of Nanovic Institute and Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures, Bill is the faculty member who initiated "The Insider Project" with Notre Dame International.