The following criteria are used to establish basic eligibility for the SLA Grant Program. Undergraduate or graduate applicants who feel that they have a compelling rationale for additional exemptions should submit their requests to the Co-Directors of the SLA Program, Prof. Brian Ó Conchubhair and Maggie Mello.
Academic Class: Both degree-seeking graduate and undergraduate students are eligible to apply. You may receive one SLA award as an undergraduate student and one SLA award as a graduate student.
A&L Major/Minor or a Keough School of Global Affairs Supplementary Major/Minor: Undergraduate applicants must have a declared major, supplementary major, or minor in the College of Arts & Letters or a declared supplementary major or minor in one of the following Keough School of Global Affairs programs:
- Supplementary Major in Global Affairs
- Supplementary Major in Asian Studies
- Supplementary Major in Peace Studies
- Minor in Asian Studies
- Minor in Peace Studies
- Minor in International Development Studies
- Minor in Irish Studies
- Minor in European Studies
A documented intent to declare a major/minor will also be accepted.
Graduate student applicants may apply from any College/School and area of study.
One Year of Language: Applicants should have at least one year of college foreign language study or its equivalent at the time that their summer language study will begin. Graduate students are exempt from this requirement; however, applicants who have studied the target language at Notre Dame, if it is offered, are much more likely to be funded.
Academic Standing: Applicants should be in good academic standing and enrolled in Notre Dame coursework during the semester following summer language study (i.e. no graduating seniors).
Commitmentto Post-Program Language Coursework: Undergraduate applicants should be prepared to commitment to taking at least one foreign language course immediately after their SLA Grant study period. All SLA Grant recipients will be required to sign a Commitment to Language Coursework form, which includes an approval signature from their departmental or FYS advisor. Graduate students are exempt from this requirement.
3.0 GPA in Language: Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in the foreign language upon which their proposal is based.
- Less Common Languages: SLA Grants are also available for the study of languages not offered at the University. In these circumstances, the requisite year of post foreign language coursework can be satisfied by a program of independent study developed in consultation with the Co-Directors of the SLA Program.