Undergraduate Fellowships

The Ethics Research Fellowship (ERF) Program provides training for up to 10 Notre Dame second-year undergraduates who are passionate about research for the common good. ERFs develop their research and communication skills and expand their scholarly and professional networks–all within the interdisciplinary community of NDIAS. In the first semester, ERFs attend weekly ethics research workshops and take a fully-funded research vision trip to London over fall break. During the second semester, ERFs are connected with a Notre Dame faculty mentor with whom they’ll work as a research assistant.    

Apply to Become an Ethics Research Fellow

Applications 2023-2024 Ethics Research Fellowships are due by 11:59 (ET) on April 5, 2023.


The Ethics Research Fellowship program is open to all Notre Dame rising sophomores currently pursuing a major in a field that places a strong emphasis on critically engaging ethics, meaning, and the common good–fields like philosophy, theology, political science, sociology, economics, psychology, history, literature, anthropology, and art/art history.  

Students should be able to devote 6 hours per week to institute activities (which includes a weekly afternoon seminar), and should be eligible to work in the United States, as they’ll be paid a stipend during second semester. Students must also be available to take part in the London (UK) research vision trip during 2023 fall break.  

The NDIAS welcomes applications from students who are interested in critically engaging pressing ethical issues that emerge from cutting edge research, and exploring how interdisciplinary cooperation can yield solutions to complex problems.

Application Instructions

Applications to the Ethics Research Fellowship Program include:

  • A completed application form;
  • Contact information for a faculty member or professional colleague who can serve as a reference (please provide in application form)

Applications 2023-2024 Ethics Research Fellowships are due by 11:59 (ET) on April 5, 2023.

Apply to Become an Ethics Research Fellow

Questions about the program should be directed to Jeff Tolly, Assistant Director of Educational Initiatives, at jtolly@nd.edu.