The mission of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is to enrich the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.

To pursue its mission, the Institute works to promote European studies at Notre Dame, transform its undergraduates, professionalize its graduate students, foster its interdisciplinary faculty research, and build its international network.

Now in Nanovic Hall on Notre Dame Avenue, the Nanovic Institute has entered a second decade of exciting growth as part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites proposals from faculty members at institutions in the Catholic Universities Partnership to virtually host a Notre Dame faculty member for a lecture or series of lectures. The Institute is accepting proposals for lectures in Fall semester 2022 as well as for the Spring semester 2023.

This grant is designed to connect faculty members at Notre Dame and at Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) institutions virtually, enabling Notre Dame faculty members to share their expertise with students at CUP institutions, enhance collaborations across universities, and enrich classrooms on both sides through academic exchange. The grant is designed to support specific classes or broader academic programs for either a single lecture or short series of lectures. The goal of this grant is to foster close relationships between our CUP faculty and Notre Dame faculty and bring closer our U.S. and European partners through mutual academic exchange.

For questions, please contact Research Program Coordinator Bruna Celic, with any questions.

The application cycle for lectures that will take place in the Fall 2022 semester will close July 18, 2022.

Who can apply?

Full-time faculty members at CUP universities may apply for the grant. To apply, interested CUP faculty members must submit their grant proposals through the Nanovic Institute’s Submittable application portal. Grant proposals are reviewed by a committee and decisions are generally communicated within three weeks after the deadline. Applications involving more than one CUP institution are welcome.


This is a competitive grant with a limited number of awards. Grants will provide to the Notre Dame faculty member $150 for a 45-minute lecture or $250 for a 90-minute lecture that would include questions and discussions. Applicants may design and apply for a single lecture or a series of up to three lectures by the same Notre Dame faculty member, for a maximum total award of $1,000 (for four, 90-minutes sessions).

How to Get Started

  • Applicants should have in mind both a specific class or group of students as well as a target subject of the lecture or series of lectures.
  • Applicants should then consider and contact a Notre Dame faculty member to inquire of their willingness and availability to offer a lecture or lectures before applying; such inquiries should note that payment is only available if the grant application is successful and transfers would be made after the lecture(s) are delivered. The topic should be refined and coordinated through communication and collaboration between the applicant and the Notre Dame faculty member. Preference will be given for applications that request lectures by Nanovic Faculty Fellows.
  • Applicants should include with the application a copy or excerpt of the correspondence showing the Notre Dame faculty member’s willingness to offer the lecture.
  • Applications should note whether or not the applicant and faculty member wish to record the lecture for future use. (There is no preference for recording, the application should simply explain any plans for future use of the recording, if any.)

Award Expectations and Requirements

  • The CUP Faculty Grant provides Honoraria in consideration of the time that a Notre Dame Faculty member provides a lecture or lecture series (at most 4) to a Catholic University partner.
  • $150 for a 45-minute lecture or $250 for a 90-minute lecture that would include questions and discussions. Applicants may design and apply for a single lecture or a series of up to three lectures by the same Notre Dame faculty member, for a maximum total award of $1,000 (for four, 90-minutes sessions). Transfers will be made in one sum at the conclusion of the final lecture.
  • Submit an end of project report. All awardees at partner universities are required to submit a short final report that should include the date the lecture or lecture series took place, the number of attendees, course feedback, and impact. Awardees may include any other information they believe is relevant to the project.

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments from the past year as part of our annual Faculty Fellows Gallery, which will be held on Wednesday, April 27 (with a rain date of Thursday, April 28)!

If you have any questions, please contact Grant Osborn, associate director, by phone at 1-3545, by email at, or by appointment. Thank you!

Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. 

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed by a selection committee in the weeks that follow each grant deadline. Grant deadlines and additional information on grant opportunities available may be found on the Nanovic Faculty Grants webpage.

For more information, contact Associate Director Grant Osborn (1-3545,

 Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: the Case of Germany

This course will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore various aspects of Germany’s current policies toward refugees and immigrants.  In Berlin, the group will meet with federal, state and local governmental officials,  civil society groups, and representatives of international organizations.  The issues to be explored include: Germany’s policies toward asylum-seekers, the relationship between these policies and the European Union, policies to integrate refugees and migrants into German society, and the political impact of these policies. 

The on-site Berlin seminar is designed to assess the efficacy of current policies, and identify best policy practices going forward. Includes two pre-departure sessions (one planning session, one webinar), and 5-7 follow-up sessions during the first half of the spring 2022 semester, culminating in a poster exhibit to disseminate our findings. 

Please submit your application no later than Monday, November 1 at 11:59 pm. 

Nanovic Institute for European Studies