The GLOBES program was launched by an Integrative Graduate Education, Research, and Traineeship grant (IGERT) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). IGERT grants seek to train Ph.D. scientists with the interdisciplinary background and the technical, professional, and personal skills needed to address the global questions of the future. Through the use of innovative curricula and fellowships, and by focusing on problem-centered training, these programs give students the edge they need to become leaders in their chosen fields and to find lasting solutions to the pressing environmental health problems in today's world.
NSF-IGERT stipend funds are fully committed to current cohorts of students. Mini-grant funds are available for supply and travel expenses to support GLOBES-related research and to participate in leadership and communication modules on campus and in Washington, D.C.
Notre Dame's College of Science has made GLOBES a high priority in the University's current fund-raising campaign, in order to establish GLOBES as a permanently endowed program.