Graduate Student Fellowships at University of Notre Dame 2017-18

Graduate Student Fellowships at University of Notre Dame 2017-18

Deadline: October 15, 2016

Applications are now open for the 2017-18 Graduate Student Fellowships at University of Notre Dame in the United States. The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) is dedicated to fostering and supporting integrative scholarship addressing ultimate questions at the intersection of the arts, engineering, humanities, law, and formal, natural, and social sciences, especially those that transcend disciplinary boundaries.

The NDIAS encourages graduate student applicants to include questions of values in their analyses, to integrate diverse disciplines, and to ask how their findings advance civilization. The Institute offers its fellows the opportunity to engage not only in analysis but also in evaluating what should be done, to analyze the world in substantive and collaborative ways, and to think through the implications of present behavior for the future of the world.

Research Support and Fellowship Benefits

  • The NDIAS offers fellowships to advanced graduate students for a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May). The Institute also encourages graduate students to address ultimate questions and questions of value while a member of the Institute’s academic community.
  • Graduate fellowships range up to a maximum of $25,000 (gross amount) and include:
    • a $1,000 research account
    • office facilities in the Institute
    • a computer and printer
    • access to University libraries and other facilities
    • twice-weekly Institute seminars and other events.


The Institute welcomes applications from graduate students in all disciplines, including the arts, engineering, the humanities, law, and the formal, natural, and social sciences with projects that are creative, innovative, or align with the intellectual orientation of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Graduate students from all institutions are invited to apply.

The Institute seeks applicants with:

  • excellent records of scholarly, artistic, or research accomplishment in their field(s);
  • projects that touch on normative, integrative, or ultimate questions, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition;
  • projects characterized by clarity of thought, coherence, and impact;
  • the ability to interact with other fellows and to engage in collegial discussions of research presentations; and
  • a willingness to contribute to a cooperative community of scholars.

Applicants who are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply. There are no citizenship requirements for fellowships; non-U.S. nationals are welcome to apply.

Evaluation Criteria

Fellowship applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • the academic strength of the proposal;
  •  the clarity and compelling nature of relevant methodologies and project organization and objectives, as explained in the proposal;
  • the applicant’s ability to address major questions, meta issues, and questions of value;
  • the potential for producing significant research;
  • how the proposed research aligns with the intellectual parameters of the Institute;
  • the applicant’s ability to contribute to a cooperative community of interdisciplinary scholars, as explained in their letters of reference; and
  • the significance of the research proposed by each applicant vis-à-vis other proposals submitted.

Application Information

  • The application is comprised of the following:
    • completed online application form;
    • current curriculum vitae (no more than four pages);
    • proposal abstract (no more than 400 words);
    • fellowship research proposal (no more than six pages, double-spaced);
    • proposal bibliography (no more than two pages, single-spaced);
    • (optional) up to two pages of non-text materials supporting the research proposal;
    • (optional) cover letter; and
    • three letters of reference (please see note on professional reference letter requirements).

NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Applications for 2017-2018, including letters of reference and all supporting documentation, must be received at the NDIAS by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Saturday, October 15, 2016. Please direct questions to Carolyn Sherman, NDIAS Events & Fellowships Program Manager, at [email protected].

For more information, visit University of Notre Dame Graduate Student Fellowships.