The Catholic Universities Partnership

Since 2003, the Nanovic Institute has been engaged in the development of Catholic higher education in Central and Eastern Europe.

The first partners of this group of educators, called the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP), included the rectors (provosts) and leading faculty members from:

  • Catholic University in Ružomberok (Ružomberok, Slovakia)
  • Catholic University of Croatia (Zagreb, Croatia)
  • John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Lublin, Poland)
  • Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Budapest and Piliscsaba, Hungary)
  • Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani University (Tbilisi, Georgia)
  • Ukrainian Catholic University (Lviv, Ukraine)

Now in its sixteenth year, this partnership includes the participation of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Eichstätt and Ingolstadt, Germany). And as always, the partnership includes friends from Western European universities from a variety of countries. The activities of this group are ongoing and practically fruitful, based on the principle that a focused group can do small but important things well.

CUP Programs

Transnational European Seminar in Berlin (in English)

The Transnational European Seminar in Berlin, which runs from Sunday, May 31 to Saturday, June 6, 2020, is a professional development initiative that brings together participants from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Georgia for a fully-paid, one-week residential seminar in Berlin the first week of June each year. Scholars from the Nanovic Institute's Catholic Universities Partnership are also eligible to apply. Applications from CUP scholars will be reviewed on a rolling basis after January 1, 2020.

The program is open to faculty and graduate students, across all academic disciplines, with a substantive interest in the study of transnational Europe. The program features speakers hailing from countries all across Europe who represent expertise in areas such as international affairs, art, film, literature, environmental history and policy, political science, economics, government, and journalism. Discussions are in English. As part of your grant application, we request a current CV and a cover letter detailing how the seminar would benefit your research, teaching, and/or programming.

Apply to the Berlin Seminar

Summer Leadership Institute

The Nanovic Institute has supported leaders from each of its partner universities by hosting a week-long Summer Leadership Institute, an executive program for Catholic leadership focused on management skills, strategic planning, and philanthropy development, in collaboration with the Mendoza College of Business's Nonprofit Professional Development program. Now in its fourth year, the upcoming leadership institute will take place July 11-18, 2020. Click here for a tentative schedule. 

EXTENSION: Application deadline is 12:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Apply to the Summer Leadership Institute

Visiting Scholars Program

Faculty at CUP institutions are encouraged to apply to serves 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. Terms in the Visiting Scholars Program are for one semester in either fall or spring semester with shorter one-month research stays available during the summer. 

EXTENSION: Application deadline is 12:00 p.m. EST (5:00 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.

Apply to the Visiting Scholars Program


For more information about CUP opportunities, please contact Monica Caro, senior associate director, by email at

(Video: CUP 6.2 from William Donaruma on Vimeo)