Application Instructions

For Graduate Student Fellowships at the NDIAS

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1. We have designed this web-based application to be secure and convenient. If you have any questions as you complete your application, please contact Kristian Olsen, NDIAS Fellowships, Outreach, and Operations Program Manager, at Cookies are required for the online application to function correctly. Cookies are required for the online application to function correctly. Cookies are typically enabled by default in most web browsers. However, in Safari they are not set by default. So, for example, if you are using Safari, you can find instructions for turning on cookies at: You may also try a different browser, such as Firefox or Chrome, if you encounter problems.

2. Before proceeding, we recommend that you review the fellowship descriptions, eligibility requirements, and expectations found on the Graduate Student Fellowships and Frequently Asked Questions pages on the NDIAS website.

3. Your application will be downloaded for internal and external reviewers and the NDIAS Fellowship Selection Committee exactly as you type it into the system. Therefore, please complete your online application carefully, with appropriate attention to spelling, case (please do not type using all capital letters), punctuation, and grammar.

4. You must save your work before exiting the application. The "Save Application" button is at the bottom of each application page. If you do not click "Save Application," anything entered since your last save on that screen will be lost. You will be automatically logged out of the application when you close your browser window.

5. Please use the "Previous" and "Next" buttons as you navigate through the application (do not use the "Back" function of your browser). This is the safest way to preserve your work as you complete the application. Please save your work before proceeding to the next page or before exiting the system.

6. You may return to any of these pages by logging in on the application portal page.

7. Once your application is submitted for review, it will no longer be possible to change it. If you have changes to your application after its submission, please notify the NDIAS Fellowship program at

8. The NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Application must be submitted in English using Times New Roman 12-point font (or its equivalent). The application is comprised of the following:

(a) completed online application form;
(b) current curriculum vitae (no more than four pages);
(c) proposal abstract (no more than 400 words);
(d) fellowship research proposal (no more than six pages, double-spaced);
(e) proposal bibliography (no more than two pages, single-spaced);
(f) (optional) up to two pages of non-text materials supporting the research proposal;
(g) (optional) cover letter; and
(h) three letters of reference (please see note on professional reference letter requirements).

9. NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Applications for 2019-2020, including letters of reference and all supporting documentation, must be received at the NDIAS by 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on Monday, September 17, 2018.

NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Online Application

NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Online Application

Submitting Your Graduate Student Fellowship at the NDIAS Research Proposal

Graduate student fellowship research proposals should be in English, in Times New Roman 12-point font (or its equivalent), no longer than six pages (double-spaced), and formatted in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf).

In the research proposal, applicants should provide a thorough explanation of their project and its significance, including:

(1) how the proposed research aligns with the intellectual parameters, mission, and goals of the Institute (please see;

(2) preliminary objectives for the research to be conducted [This section should include an overview of the project, intended results (such as whether the research might result in a book, refereed journal article, art work, etc.), and the expected audience.]; and

(3) the proposed work plan (including what research or work has already been accomplished, what will be done during the fellowship period, the methodology to be employed, and the organization of the scholarly project, book, or other work expected from research conducted during the fellowship).

N.B.: Because the selection committee and external reviewers are composed of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, applicants should ensure that the significance and originality of their project and explanations of relevant methodologies and project objectives are stated clearly for specialists outside of the applicant’s field.

NDIAS Graduate Student Fellowship Online Application

Requirements for Letters of Reference

(1) Referees should provide an understanding of the applicant’s ability to contribute intellectually and collegially to a cooperative community of scholars at the Institute as well as insight on the intellectual quality of the applicant’s research capabilities. Form letters or letters drafted for other purposes (for example, letters drafted for job applications) are not necessarily supportive of an applicant's qualifications for NDIAS Fellowships.

(2) Reference letters should be formatted in Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat (pdf).

(3) Reference letters should be written in English. If this is impossible, we reserve the right to request a translation.

(4) Referees must include their own name, title, and institutional affiliation in their letters.

(5) Letters of reference should be addressed to “Dr. Brad S. Gregory, Director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study.”

(6) Referees must submit their reference letters online via the following link: (

(7) Reference letters must be received at the NDIAS by the application deadline of September 17, 2018. Consideration of letters received after that date cannot be guaranteed.

The NDIAS Fellowship application period for 2019-2020 closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 17, 2018. Awards will be announced in spring 2019. Please direct questions to Kristian Olsen, NDIAS Fellowships, Outreach, and Operations Program Manager, at