Information for Applicants

The Keough-Naughton Library Research Award is a grant awarded by the Institute and Notre Dame International to support scholars' travel to Notre Dame's Hesburgh Library to use the collections for research in Irish Studies.

Grants are normally between $1,000 and $3,000 and awarded for the purpose of assisting with the costs of travel and accommodation for a short research visit, usually one or two weeks.

Awards are competitive.

What kind of research project is considered?

The award is for scholars carrying out research in an area of Irish studies, or whose project will benefit from research in the Irish collections. A research project may be in any aspect of Irish Studies, or may be outside Irish studies, but there should be a demonstrated benefit from visiting and using the Hesburgh Library’s Irish studies collections.

How to apply

Use the following link to complete the application form. The form must be submitted by noon (EST) on Thursday, November 10, 2022.

The Hesburgh Library Collections

Irish Studies collections in the Hesburgh Libraries are broad and multi-disciplinary. The main area of interest for visiting scholars is likely to be the Hesburgh Special Collections. To understand the nature of these collections, please see the Hesburgh Special Collections page on the library guide, Irish Studies Resources for Graduate Research

In addition to the Special Collections, the Hesburgh Library holds considerable collections of microfilm and of films on DVD. See the Irish News Sources libguide to learn more.

Using the Library

The Hesburgh Library is the main library on campus, and is open seven days a week. The Rare Books and Special Collections department is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Readers may contact the RBSC in advance to ensure that materials are available, and may register and receive a reader’s card on arrival. Please see the page on Accessing Materials and Planning Your Visit for further details.

Visiting South Bend and ND Campus

Information on traveling to the Notre Dame campus is regularly updated on the Notre Dame website:

The South Bend area has a range of hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation, which can be identified through regular hotel or B&B websites or through the Visit South Bend/ Mishawaka website.

The Hesburgh Library is in the north-eastern part of the campus and is served by a public bus as well as by a campus shuttle. For more information on the bus service, see the SBTranspo website and the Route 7 map and schedule.

Other details

Recipients of this award will receive notification with information on the amount of the award and on any conditions regarding the timing of the visit. The award will be taxed at source, and will be sent to the awardee after the conclusion of the visit. Awardees are also responsible for obtaining visas, if necessary, and for arranging their travel and accommodation.