Study Abroad & Domestic Research


MSPS partners with the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, the Graduate School, and other departments to provide additional opportunities for historically underrepresented students to study abroad.

MSPS secures funding from the Target Campus Grant Program and other private donations to establish study abroad research initiatives to assist specifically Native American students and students of Asian and Pacific Island descent at the University of Notre Dame. Students must submit an application and ask a faculty member to complete a Research Advisor Recommendation Form in order to be considered for one of these scholarships.

Addition, Procter & Gamble, Inc. donates to MSPS to assist with study abroad leadership development initiatives specifically for Black and Latino students at Notre Dame. 

All scholarship winners are asked to write a reflection about their experiences.

Application eligibility requirements and deadlines are emailed to qualifying students usually in October (for the following Spring semester) and in February (for Summer & Fall). Please contact Iris Outlaw for more information about these fantastic study abroad opportunities.

Check out a list of past MSPS Study Abroad Scholarship Winners and some of their reflections here.

Domestic Research 

MSPS offers a Domestic Research grant to introduce historically underrepresented students to the research component of graduate school and to address specifically disparities impacting historically underrepresented groups.

Four awards of $500 will be given each semester to recipients to use for either personal expenses or equipment for their research project. To be considered Notre Dame students must be eligible for financial assistance, complete a Domestic Research Scholarship Application, and have a sponsoring faculty member complete a Faculty Recommendation Form regarding the feasibility of the research and the student’s ability to conduct the research.The student can have any major. If a senior, the research must completed prior to graduation.

One student from each historically underrepresented group (Black, Asian or Pacific Islander, Latino, and Native American) will be chosen each semester for funding. Application information will be emailed to students in October (for the Spring semester) and February (for the Summer and Fall semesters). Application packets will be due and reviewed by the MSPS staff and selections will occur in November and March. 

Scholarship winners must write a 5-7 page research paper and will be encouraged to present their research at a conference or other similar opportunity upon completion.

Contact Iris Outlaw for more information.