Travel: Research and Training Grants // Eck Institute for Global Health // University of Notre Dame

Eck Institute for Global Health

Travel: Research and Training Grants

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The Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH) seeks to support student (undergraduate, graduate, and post docs) and faculty participation in global health research and training projects in low- and middle-income countries or resource-limited domestic sites.  These grants will also support travel and research of students and faculty from low- and middle-income countries or resource-limited domestic sites to the University of Notre Dame to work with a faculty member of the EIGH. The purpose of these grants is to allow students and faculty to contribute to the global health enterprise through research and training activities and to build global partnerships. Students and faculty are invited to apply for grants to cover the costs of materials, per diem, and travel. Student research and training must be integral to the research of a faculty member who will assume the role of mentor and assume all responsibility for assisting the student with preparation for the activity, travel, activities to be performed at the site, follow-up, and safety of the student. Faculty requesting grants must be members of the EIGH. All grantees are required to submit a final report within 3 months of the completion of the travel. To discuss the eligibility of your project or membership in the EIGH please contact Ashley Scott, Program Director, Eck Institute for Global Health.

Projects proposed should support the mission of the EIGH. The EIGH is a university-wide enterprise that recognizes health as a fundamental human right and endeavors to promote research, training, and service to advance health standards for all people, especially people in low- and middle-income countries, who are disproportionately impacted by preventable diseases.


  • University of Notre Dame undergraduate, graduate, and post doctoral students who have participated in research with an EIGH faculty member advisor for at least 2 semesters.
  • EIGH faculty members.
  • Undergraduate, graduate and post doctoral students and faculty (or institutional/organizational equivalent) from low- or middle-income countries affiliated with and EIGH faculty member (the application should be submitted by the EIGH faculty member).


Applicants are eligible for funding up to $5000. Applications that exceed this amount may be considered but approval to submit your application must be obtained first from Ashley Scott, Program Director, Eck Institute for Global Health.


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


Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the Global Health Training and Travel Grant Committee.  Review criteria will include:

  • The overall significance of the project to global health and the EIGH mission.
  • The preparedness of the applicant to undertake the project as proposed.
  • The commitment of the EIGH faculty member (as applicable to student applications).
  • The commitment of the partnering institution/organization.
  • The potential of the project to promote a long-term partnership with the partnering organization/institution.


Grant awards are subject to the discretion of the Director of the EIGH and availability of funds.


Applicants should complete the application form provided at the top of this page and submit electronically to the Eck Institute for Global Health at with the subject line “Your Name - Travel Grant Proposal.”

Application components include:

Cover Page – contact and other basic information.

Description of Project (maximum 5 pages)

  1. Project goals.
  2. Project description.
  3. 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.
  4. Significance to global health.
  5.  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. In this section you should 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.
  6. Background and experience that demonstrate ability to carry out the project.
  7. Time-line.

Budget – itemization of airfare and other transportation, housing, meals, research materials, etc.

Budget justification – details about items on the budget (e.g., how estimated costs were calculated, why certain materials/supplies are necessary, etc.)

Letter of support from EIGH faculty member advisor - Undergraduate, graduate, and post doctoral students must provide a letter of support from their EIGH faculty member advisor. The faculty advisor should discuss your potential and preparedness to undertake the proposed project. The faculty advisor should explicitly describe the support he/she will provide the student and the responsibilities for the student that he/she is committing to.

Letter of support from institution/organization that you are partnering with, as applicable - 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.

Human subjects research - Projects engaged in human subjects research (i.e., 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 (HSIRB) and documentation of approval must be included in the application package. Review deadlines and submission process at:

Before receiving the award, University of Notre Dame undergraduate students will need to complete the following required paperwork:

1. For students who will travel abroad to conduct their project:  Application for University-Sponsored International Travel for Undergraduate Students at the University of Notre Dame, to be submitted to the Office of International Studies, 154 Hurley Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556.  Approval must be obtained at least 30 days prior to departure.  This application is found at the URL: (scroll to bottom of the page)

2. Liability waivers using a form approved by the University’s Office of General Counsel must be obtained before the proposed trip. (Students will receive these once their application has been processed.)

The Eck Institute for Global Health adheres to the policies and procedures set forth by Notre Dame International for undergraduate students.

Please direct any questions to Dr. Katherine Taylor, Associate Director, Eck Institute for Global Health, phone: 574-631-1029; email: .