Visiting Scholars Program

Faculty at Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) and Eastern European institutions are encouraged to serve as visiting scholars at the Nanovic Institute during the summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023 semesters. This includes positions 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.

Questions? Contact Senior Associate Director Monica Caro, M.A., J.D.

The closing date for the summer 2022, fall 2022, and spring 2023 programs is February 28 (at 11:59 pm Eastern US time).

Summer 2022 Visiting Scholars Program

Up to three positions are available, each for a two-month stay from approximately June 1 to July 29, 2022. These include positions with the Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowships. A strong preference is for scholars working at the institutions within the CUP. Applications are welcome in all disciplines so long as they are connected to European Studies; projects connected to the Institute’s strategic plan are encouraged, particularly regarding connections to the “peripheries” and margins. Strong research proposals would include plans to use specific library collections at Notre Dame or strengthen collaborations with specific faculty members at Notre Dame. The Nanovic Institute would also consider joint or coordinated projects from two scholars at different CUP partners.

Expectations

Scholars should be present on campus for work on their project for the full range of these dates (June 1-July 29); vacations or other travel should not be taken on business days during the two months that the scholars are in residence with the Nanovic Institute.

While most of the scholar’s time will be dedicated to independent research, it is expected that they will engage in service to the Nanovic Institute that would occupy no more than 20% of the scholar’s time. Service may include: engaging with other visiting scholars to share research progress; attending meetings as required (including welcome sessions and exit interviews); submitting a final report; or contributing to the Institute as requested by the director, which may include the drafting of a blog post, advising select students, or the review of a draft chapter or research paper. Summer applicants should note that the majority of Notre Dame students and faculty members are not on campus and there are fewer Institute events.

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.

Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent required. To be considered, applicants must have either (1) an appointment at a Catholic institution in Central or Eastern Europe, (2) research connected to Catholic issues, or (3) strong connections to the Nanovic Institute or faculty members at the University of Notre Dame. A strong preference is for scholars at institutions of the Catholic Universities Partnership.

What is provided?

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

  • Roundtrip airfare (up to $1,400.00 USD, booked according to University policy) for the scholar, ground transportation to/from Chicago, O’Hare Airport and Notre Dame’s campus.
  • Private apartment housing for the scholar (note: housing is NOT available for family members or other guests during the summer fellowships).
  • Modest meals on campus (available through the ID card you will receive).
  • A private office at the Nanovic Institute.
  • Full access to Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Summer visitors will be reimbursed for travel insurance purchased in their own country up to a cost of $250 per month.
Application instructions

Please upload a current CV and a research proposal. Successful research proposals are typically 2-3 pages, single spaced, and would include detailed plans to use specific library collections at Notre Dame or to connect with faculty members at Notre Dame. Applicants are also encouraged to affirm in the application that they are available for the dates above, would be able to be in residence for the term of the fellowship, and would be willing to engage with Nanovic Institute initiatives while present.

Apply to the Summer Visiting Scholars Program

Fall 2022 OR Spring 2023 Visiting Scholars Program

Up to two positions are available in the fall (late August-late December) and one in the spring (early January-mid-May). These are for the Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowships. A strong preference is for scholars working at the institutions of the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP). Applications are welcome in all disciplines, so long as they are connected to European Studies.

Fall Semester (2 positions available)

Applications are particularly welcome at the intersection of the humanities and policy. Research on historical memory, ethics and politics of remembering, diplomacy and culture, language issues, or other topics that address the development of civil society would be particularly welcome. The Nanovic Institute would also consider joint or coordinated projects from two scholars at different CUP partners.

Spring Semester (1 position available)

Applications are welcome in all disciplines so long as they are connected to European Studies; projects connected to the Institute’s strategic plan are encouraged, particularly regarding connections to the peripheries and margins. Strong research proposals would include plans to use specific library collections at Notre Dame or strengthen collaborations with specific faculty members at Notre Dame.

Expectations

Scholars should be present on campus and actively working on their project during business days (Monday-Friday) for the full range of these dates, except the university holidays and the spring or fall university break when classes are not in session; vacations or travel on non-research business should be limited to the holiday or break times. (View the University’s academic calendar.)

During the semester, it is expected that scholars will engage in service to the Nanovic Institute that would occupy around 30% of the scholar’s time. This may include: attending most Institute events in order to be a part of its intellectual community; offering lectures in classes or teaching a course as arranged with the director; meeting with the Nanovic community to share research progress; attending meetings as required (including welcome sessions, meetings of the Institute’s faculty fellows, and exit interviews); submit a final report; and contribute to the Institute as requested by the director, which may include the drafting of a blog post, the review of draft chapter(s) or research paper, or advising students.

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.

Qualifications

Ph.D. or equivalent required. To be considered, applicants must have either (1) an appointment at a Catholic institution in Central or Eastern Europe, (2) research connected to Catholic issues, or (3) strong connections to the Nanovic Institute or faculty members at the University of Notre Dame. A strong preference is for scholars at institutions of the Catholic Universities Partnership.

What is provided?

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

  • Stipend, paid monthly.
  • Private apartment housing for the scholar (note: housing is provided up to an occupancy of 4 total individuals in the immediate family of the scholar (spouse and dependent children on J-2 visas).
  • Roundtrip airfare (up to $1,400.00 USD) for the scholar.
  • Ground transportation to/from Chicago O’Hare Airport and the Notre Dame campus.
  • A private office at the Nanovic Institute.
  • Full access to the Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Semester visitors will be eligible for health insurance benefits through the university. For questions see hr.nd.edu.
Application instructions

Please upload a current CV and a research proposal. Successful research proposals are typically 2-3 pages, single spaced, and would include detailed plans to use specific library collections at Notre Dame or to connect with faculty members at Notre Dame. Applicants are also encouraged to affirm in the application that they are available for the dates above (please indicate a semester preference, if any, in the letter), indicate any particular desire to teach (if any), and express a willingness to offer the service to the Institute as indicated in this description.

Apply to the Fall OR Spring Visiting Scholars Program

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