The Nanovic Institute supports research on a broad range of issues relating to the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious dynamics of Europe. It is particularly interested in research that has implications for contemporary debates about European unification and division. The concept of unification is not restricted to any particular period. Major topics include religion and secularization, the movement of peoples, social and political geographies, and patterns of European integration.

In line with its annual Shannon Prize, the Institute is especially interested in promoting interdisciplinary projects that transcend a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole.


To facilitate faculty research, the Institute offers:

  • individual research grants
  • support for international collaborative projects
  • major grants for sponsored research symposia
  • ongoing forms of support for research clusters
  • sponsored discussion groups
  • and an annual book reception to celebrate its fellows' work.

Soon the Institute will begin to feature the many dimensions of faculty research on a new, completely redesigned website.


At the graduate level, the Institute supports a broad range of research activities, much of it in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We make it possible for graduate students to conduct research in European archives, the acquisition of second and third languages, to present papers at professional conferences, and to organize international academic conferences that correspond to their interests. We also offer dissertation year fellowships which enable students to finish their research and writing in a timely fashion.


The Institute is heavily invested in undergraduate researchAt every point in a student's education, the Institute offers grant programs to encourage undergraduates to act on their intellectual curiosity in a serious and adventurous way.