Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Asia

The Roberts Endowment supports the mission of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies by encouraging undergraduate students with no prior exposure to or experience in Asia to pursue a meaningful immersion opportunity in Asia. Typically such an immersion opportunity will take the shape of a research project, conducted either independently or in collaboration with a lab or organization. Other types of immersion opportunity, such as service projects or language study, will also be considered for funding. Grants from the Roberts Endowment are not intended to fund study abroad programs or class projects. 

Student Grants Academic Year 2021-22

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In an effort to encourage scholarly engagement and promote Asian Studies the Liu Institute is happy to support creative ways for students to conduct research and engage with Asia on a one-on-one basis. This may include completing a remote research project or engaging with Asia in a way that does not require travel. Please contact academic advisor Alexander Hsu at to discuss a project idea! 

Application Requirements

Grants are available to current undergraduate students in good academic standing. First preference will be given to undergraduate students with limited or no prior exposure to or experience in Asia who are pursuing the Liu Institute’s supplementary major or minor in Asian Studies or the Keough School’s Global Asia concentration within the supplementary major in Global Affairs. Secondary preference is given to students affiliated with the Mendoza College of Business, but all Notre Dame undergraduate students with limited or no prior experience in Asia are eligible for this grant. 

Students applying for funding must have the endorsement of a Notre Dame faculty member. Grants from the Roberts Endowment are not intended to fund study abroad programs or class projects.

Applicants are allowed to simultaneously apply for regular Liu Institute student funding, but no applicant will receive more than one Liu Institute grant.

Proposals are reviewed by a committee appointed by the Institute. 

Maximum award: $2,500.
Requests for funding exceeding the maximum award amount will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Any publication of a student's work resulting from this grant must include an appropriate acknowledgment of the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies. The Institute also asks that students submit a brief report and photos following the conclusion of your project. Other requirements may be attached to the award letter. 

Human Research Subjects
The University of Notre Dame reviews all human subjects research conducted by University students, faculty, and staff. Any project that involves the use of human subjects must be approved by the Institutional Review Board. For details of the procedure, please contact Notre Dame Research Compliance. Committee approval must be completed or pending for the program to accept a proposal, and no award will be made to a project involving human subjects without the approval of the University Committee on the Protection of Human Subjects.

Additional Resources
Students are encouraged to attend a proposal crafting workshop hosted by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). 

To Apply

There is no special application process for this funding. Simply submit a Liu Institute research or language grant application following our standard deadlines and check the "Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research” box when you apply.  

Note: Due to the competitive nature of the Roberts Endowment grants, late applications will not be accepted. 

For questions regarding this special funding opportunity, please email the Liu Institute at

Application Deadlines

Fall  - October 15, 2021 
Spring - March 7, 2022  

Thank You

Thank you to Paul Roberts '71 and his wife, Jane, for their generosity in establishing the Roberts Endowment for Undergraduate Research in Asia.