Notre Dame International announces the 2018-2019 faculty research grants

Author: Colleen Wilcox

Grant Web Pic 2Michael Pippenger announced the new grant recipients at a special ceremony on April 30

Forty-six new collaborative international research grants have been awarded to Notre Dame faculty and research partners around the world.

Notre Dame International hosted a special ceremony Tuesday, April 30 to honor and recognize the 2018-2019 recipients for the Asia Research Collaboration Grant, Luksic Family Collaboration Grant, The Insider Project, International Research Travel Grant, Schlindwein Family TAU-ND Collaboration Grant, and the Mexico Faculty Grant Program.

Every year, Notre Dame International provides these grants to encourage academic and research collaboration. In the past six years, NDI has provided $1.7 million in funding through 165 grants. This critical funding is made possible through the generous support of University benefactors.

The submitted proposals were from Notre Dame faculty members representing a wide range of disciplines across the University. This year, NDI introduced the International Research Travel Grant, which funds projects in different regions of the world, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America. Click here to see the full list of new and current recipients.

“We’re thrilled to introduce this new grant, as it serves as a catalyst for new international multi-disciplinary research collaborations,” says Michael Pippenger, vice president and associate provost for internationalization.

Pippenger celebrated a diverse group of faculty with research interests in several different parts of the world. Liang Cai, assistant professor of history, was the recipient of two separate international grants in Asia, working on research related to various forms of political power in early Chinese empires. She will also be hosting a conference in Hong Kong, creating even more collaborations between Hong Kong Baptist University and Peking University.

Grant Pic 3Forty-six international research grants were awarded to Notre Dame faculty and research partners around the world.

“This project is a collaborative effort between historians and computer scientists and between faculty at Notre Dame and those at Peking University,” says Cai. “We will use AI technologies to transform commonly-used reference tools for studying early China — biographical dictionaries, concordances, and traditional keyword-based search engines— into a structured biographical and social network analysis.”

Pippenger also talked about the collaborative nature of the grants, allowing faculty to partner with universities around the world. Abraham Winitizer, a Schlindwein Family TAU-ND Collaboration Grant recipient, is collaborating with the TAU’s Institute of Archaeology to research the architectural and material remains on the eastern slope of the grounds of Tantur.

“The grant will enable a team of Tel Aviv University archaeologists and Notre Dame historians of theology to conduct a systematic survey of a site between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, in Notre Dame’s own campus in the Holy Land at Tantur,” says Winitizer.

“Initial material finds on the settlement, dating back to the Second Temple and Byzantine periods, suggest that this was a significant point in the geography of the region over centuries, including in the ancient Jewish and Christian periods that saw the most meaningful development in the idea of the region’s sacred landscape.”

The Luksic Family Collaboration Grant focuses on research collaboration between the Notre Dame community and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PUC). The goal is to also promote exchanges and conferences, encouraging Notre Dame faculty to visit PUC and PUC faculty to come to Notre Dame. Ten Luksic grants and their recipients were honored at the ceremony.

“International collaborations expand the global footprint of the University,” says Geraldine Meehan, director of faculty development and global gateways. 

“Academically, they concentrate talent and complementary expertise in common lines of research and inquiry. On the human level, they remind us of our common goals so that however we may be separated by geography, language, history, and custom, we can join collaboratively to search for the truth in the natural, social, and human worlds.”

Meehan pointed to the wide representation among recipients of the grants from the colleges and schools, in addition to the Library, the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Institute for Educational Initiative, stating that there is a common conviction of the value of international partnerships. Since 2013, nearly 40 units have worked on collaborative research projects through NDI’s grant programs.

More information about eligibility, grant requirements, and funding for the Notre Dame International faculty research grants can be found here.

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Contact: Colleen Wilcox, content strategist, Notre Dame International,

Originally published by Colleen Wilcox at on May 14, 2019.