Travel Grants

The Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) seeks to support faculty participation in global health research and training projects in low- and middle-income countries or resource-limited domestic sites. The purpose of this funding is to enable faculty to contribute to the global health enterprise through research and training activities and to build global partnerships. 

EIGH faculty are invited to apply for a grant to cover the costs of travel, housing, and per diem when not covered by other funding sources. The grant can also similarly support students and faculty from low- and middle-income countries or resource-limited domestic sites to travel to the University of Notre Dame to and conduct research with an EIGH faculty member.


The following categories are eligible to apply for this program:

  1. Full-time regular faculty (i.e., Tenured / Tenure Track, Research, and Special Professional faculty) who are eligible to submit research grants at the University of Notre Dame or the Indiana University School of Medicine – South Bend. Research and Special Professional faculty must document their independence as described in Section 1 of the proposal form.
  2. Active member of the Eck Institute for Global Health (Please contact Program Director, Nydia Morales-Soto, for information on how to become a member). An active member consistently affiliates themselves with the Institute on their grant proposals.


Awards of up to $5,000 are available for eligible applicants.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis but must be received a minimum of 45 days before the planned travel.

Please note that all awards are subject to the availability of funds and discretion of the EIGH Director.

Application Format and Submission

Interested applicants should complete the application form and submit it electronically to the EIGH Program Director with the subject line “Your Name - Travel Grant Proposal.”

Application must include:

  1. Cover Page: Contact and other basic information
  2. Description of Project (maximum five pages), including:
    • Project goals
    • Project description
    • Description of outside institutions/organizations that you will be partnering with, communication with that organization, and specific commitment of the organization to your project. Describe your history and/or plans to develop a partnership with this institution/organization.
    • Significance to global health
    • Describe in detail the social and cultural environment (e.g., social/cultural awareness, language, safety, living and working conditions, technical/infrastructure of laboratories, or other work areas) in which you plan to undertake your project and how you have prepared yourself to work in that particular environment; demonstrate your knowledge of the country you plan to travel in, your awareness of potential social/cultural sensitivities, and your plan to successfully navigate those issues
    • Background and experience that demonstrate ability to carry out the project
    • Timeline
  3. Budget: Itemization of airfare and other transportation, housing, and per diem.
  4. Budget justification: Details about items on the budget (how estimated costs were calculated).
  5. Letter of support from institution/organization that you are partnering with: If the applicant will be working with an institution/organization outside of the University of Notre Dame, a letter of support from that organization should be submitted with the application. The letter should explicitly describe the support the organization will provide for the proposed project and the person in the organization who is the main point of contact for the project.
  6. Human subjects research: Projects engaged in human subjects research (interaction with a living person or obtaining private information from existing data, documents, records, or diagnostic specimens) must have their projects approved by the Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) and documentation of approval must be included in the application package. Please review the deadlines and submission process on the Notre Dame Research website.



Proposals are reviewed by Program Director, subject to final approval by the EIGH Director. Review criteria include:

  • Overall significance of the project to global health and support of the EIGH mission
  • Preparedness of the applicant to undertake the project as proposed
  • Commitment of the partnering institution/organization
  • Potential of the project to promote a long-term partnership with the partnering organization/institution

Final Report

All grantees are required to submit a final report within three months of the completion of the travel.

Need more information?

To discuss the eligibility of your project or membership in the EIGH, please contact Program Director, Nydia Morales-Soto.