Visiting Scholars Program

Faculty at CUP institutions are encouraged to serve as a Visiting Scholar at the Nanovic Institute through the Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowship for Catholic Higher Education in Post-Communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The Adams Fellowship brings promising scholars and administrators from Catholic universities in post-communist Eastern Europe and the areas of the former Soviet Union to the Institute. The fellowship’s goal is to provide these individuals with experiences at Notre Dame that will ensure their success as the future leaders of their region’s Catholic universities.

Application Procedure

The application period for 2021-22 is now closed. Applications for prospective visitors in summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023 will be open by January 2022.

Please complete the online application form, which includes the following materials:

  • A research statement in the form of a cover letter explaining your proposed research, its relation to the Nanovic Institute’s research areas, describes your career aspirations at your university, and how this research will benefit your development at your university. The statement is typically 1-2 pages, single-spaced, and addressed to the Director. You are encouraged to include specific faculty members and library collections that you would wish to engage.
  • A current curriculum vitae.

Apply to the Visiting Scholars Program

Eligibility and Terms of Fellowship

Visiting Scholar Interviews

The Nanovic Institute is now only accepting applications from scholars affiliated with our Catholic Universities Partnership institutions for semester-long stays during the fall or spring semesters or for one-month stays during the summer break. Scholarly work should ideally match one of our Institute’s research areas. Projects that connect with the Institute’s initiatives in “Faith and Freedom” and “Humanities and Policy” are particularly encouraged. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the beginning of their stay.

Semester visitors are expected to offer one public lecture or serve on a panel discussion arranged by the Institute. Summer applicants should note that the majority of Notre Dame students and faculty members are not on campus and our Institute events are fewer. The Institute requires a brief, final report from visitors describing the visitor’s accomplishments during the stay. Attribution in any publications resulting from the stay is expected, giving credit to the “Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowship, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, University of Notre Dame.”

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the campus like?

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. You can explore the Notre Dame campus through a virtual tour or through the campus map. For more about the local community, see this issue of Notre Dame Magazine.

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What is provided with the fellowship?

All scholars will have full access to the Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries, including digital collections. All scholars will also be provided with an office at the Nanovic Institute’s suite in Nanovic Hall on Notre Dame’s campus. Semester-long scholars are expected to provide one public lecture and participate in various Nanovic Institute events.

For semester-long visiting scholars in the fall and the spring semesters, the Nanovic Institute provides the following:

  • Airfare (round-trip, economy-class) for the visiting scholar from the scholar’s university up to approximately $1,300.00 USD.
  • Ground transportation. The Nanovic Institute will arrange U.S. domestic ground transportation from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Notre Dame and back.
  • Housing. One apartment will be provided for the use of the visiting scholar. The apartment will be within a 20-minute walk of the Nanovic Institute and campus. If family members accompany the visiting scholar, the apartment only permits a total occupancy of four (4) family members. If the family is larger than four members, the Nanovic Institute may provide a limited stipend for the scholar to obtain other housing independently.
  • Stipend, if the visit covers the entire semester, the scholar will receive $12,000.00 USD. This may be reduced if the scholar does not remain in residence for the entire semester. This amount will be confirmed in an offer letter. (There is no separate funding of meals for semester-long visitors.)
  • Health insurance. Please note: The Nanovic Institute will reimburse scholars for travel health insurance purchased before travel for the time the scholar will be on campus. While scholars are not “benefit eligible employees at Notre Dame,” International Students and Scholars Affairs provides information on insurance policies (under the “health insurance" sub-header). The reimbursement will be for the portion of the insurance that covers the scholar only; family insurance is not reimbursed but is recommended at the scholar’s expense.

For one-month summer visiting scholars, the Nanovic Institute provides the following:

  • Airfare (round-trip, economy-class) for the visiting scholar from the scholar’s university up to approximately $1,300.00 USD.
  • Ground transportation. The Nanovic Institute will arrange U.S. domestic ground transportation from Chicago O’Hare Airport to Notre Dame and back.
  • Housing. For summer visitors, housing will be provided in an apartment. For summer 2021, the apartment will be single-occupancy due to the pandemic. In typical summers, two-bedroom apartments are shared by two scholars of the same gender. For summer visitors, family members are not included in the housing offer.
  • Meals. In the summer, the Nanovic Institute provides modest meals on campus. Scholars will be able to use their Notre Dame identification cards to purchase food for themselves at a variety of campus restaurants. (There is no financial stipend for summer visitors.)
  • Health insurance. Please note: The Nanovic Institute will reimburse scholars for travel health insurance purchased before travel for the time the scholar will be on campus. While scholars are not “benefit eligible employees at Notre Dame,” International Students and Scholars Affairs provides information on insurance policies (under the “health insurance" sub-header).
Are there on-campus fitness facilities?

There are several facilities as well as a multitude of fitness classes offered through RecSports. We also highly recommend the trails around our two campus lakes. View campus trail map.

What is the weather like in Indiana?

The weather varies greatly fluctuate between -21°C (-5°F) in the winter to over 33°C (92°F) in the summer. These temperatures do not include humidity or wind chill which can intensify the conditions. Review local weather trends online at The Weather Channel in preparation for your time on campus.