Grad Life Grants

Our Inspiration

Beginning in 2012, this program and its guidelines are closely modeled on the Graduate Student Life Grants pioneered by the Office of the Dean for Graduate Education at M.I.T. and the Community Building Grants administered by the staff of the Graduate School at Northwestern University.We gratefully acknowledge their leadership, assistance, and generosity.


The Application Process

Being part of a vibrant and diverse community is our hope for every Notre Dame graduate student. While it can be difficult to define, we believe the essential elements of a healthy community include:

  • Fostering a sense of belonging in which each individual’s background and contributions matter.

  • Creating opportunities for shared integrative experiences.

  • Bringing people together in co-curricular settings (e.g., outside the library, lab, or classroom).

  • Building connections and relationships across diverse groups, academic departments, and disciplines, especially among those with rare opportunities to gather.

  • Improving outreach to marginalized or under-served groups and individuals.

  • Promoting wellness across multiple dimensions including spiritual, physical, intellectual, relational, and emotional health.

Proposals must address one or more of these essential elements, and must be consistent with the institutional mission and identity of the university. Proposals may address the graduate population broadly defined, or target a specific constituency such as families, new mothers, or first-year graduate students. They may create partnerships with existing student groups and graduate residences, or may stand alone. Their purpose should be to explore the role and relevance of community in creating a more balanced and fulfilling graduate experience. Additionally, special consideration will be given to proposals including a program or event during our annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week.

If you are interested in applying for funding or looking for inspiration from successful grants of the past, see the guidelines and links below. For 2015-2016 we are adopting a rolling application cyle, and will consider proposals as they are submitted.If you have questions, please contact Graduate Student Life at


Getting Started

The Proposal Process

Event Marketing

Follow Up  

Award Archive