Fellowships

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, the humanities, law, and the formal, natural, and social sciences, especially those that transcend disciplinary boundaries. The NDIAS encourages scholars 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.


Residential Fellowship Online Application

Research Support

Residential Fellows receive up to $90,000 per academic year, subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside of the South Bend area), a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, a private office in the NDIAS, a computer and printer, access to the university’s library and other facilities, and access to NDIAS weekly seminars and other special events. The NDIAS offers residential fellowships for periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May), though preference is given to candidates who are able to join the Institute for the entire academic year.

Eligibility

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The Institute welcomes applications from faculty, scholars, public intellectuals, fellows from other institutes, and professional researchers 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. The Institute also welcomes those who are beginning their careers with promise and have appropriate projects.

The Institute seeks applicants with:

  • excellent records of scholarly, artistic, or research accomplishment in their field(s);
  • projects related to the 2020-2021 application theme of the nature of trust;
  • projects that touch on other normative, integrative, or ultimate questions, especially as they engage the Catholic intellectual tradition (though projects need not focus on Catholic topics or subjects);
  • 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.

Scholars from other institutions, researchers at national laboratories, fellows from other institutes, as well as faculty from Notre Dame are invited to apply.

One goal of the fellowship selection process is the creation of a diverse and collaborative community of scholars with a range of disciplines and academic ranks.

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.

In some instances, the Institute may seek out scholars who address an area of pressing concern to the University, the academy, or the world or scholars who work on problems and issues that would benefit from collaboration or from the rethinking of a discipline or disciplinary approach.


Evaluation of Applications

Fellowship applications are evaluated with great care and at several levels of review to ensure objectivity and consistency. Fellowship applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

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    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 the nature of trust or other 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.

Because of the numerous criteria involved in selecting fellows, application files are reviewed and evaluated by leading scholars in the respective disciplines and fields, serving as external reviewers. The final major review, conducted by the Institute’s Selection Committee (which is made up of an interdisciplinary group of scholars), consists of a thorough review of applications as well as the evaluation of internal and external reviewers. This committee is charged with making final recommendations on the selection of NDIAS Fellows.


Indirect Costs / Facilities & Administrative (F&A) Costs

Fellowship salaries may be paid directly to a Fellow’s home institution. However, NDIAS fellowships are funded with internal Notre Dame funds and not through an external grant. NDIAS fellowships include no funding for indirect costs and Notre Dame does not recover indirect costs (F&A) on these funds. During the term of their fellowships, NDIAS Fellows are in residence at the University of Notre Dame, live on campus, work in Notre Dame facilities, and interact with members of the Notre Dame academic community. Institutional support (including staff support, facilities, materials, housing, weekly seminars, preparation and execution of the Visiting Faculty Agreement, processing appointment and payments, etc.) is provided principally by Notre Dame.

Residential Fellowship Online Application

The NDAS Fellowship application period for 2020-2021 closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 16, 2019. Awards will be announced in spring 2020. Please direct questions to Kristian Olsen, NDIAS Fellowships Program Manager, at kolsen1@nd.edu.