Grants & Fellowships

The Institute currently offers a comprehensive suite of grant programs designed to support students at every stage of their academic careers. It also offers a robust set of grant programs for visiting scholars and faculty fellows.

Research Priorities

Given the urgent problems facing Europe today, the Nanovic Institute now strongly encourages a Pivot to Policy. By this we mean that faculty and students are now strongly encouraged bring their academic training, whether in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences, to bear on questions and topics that have contemporary implications in the following areas:

1. Immigration and the Challenge to National Identities. The arrival of migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa directly fueled the rise of right-wing populist leaders throughout Europe. How can such challenges be met both effectively and in a way that respects human dignity? 

2. Religion and the Secular State. In Europe today, it is impossible to ignore religious prejudice, assertions of religious identity (spurious or otherwise), and the role of the secular state as a mediating institution between such forces. How have definitions of religious identity affected definitions of political identity, and what can be done to defuse such tensions?

3. Threats to Democracy and European Integration. After the catastrophe of two major world wars, political leaders sought to create supranational economic and political institutions in Europe (the European Union, EFTA, European Court of Human Rights, etc.) that would integrate nations and thereby reduce the incentives for conflict between them. What has been the fate of such projects, and how can they be improved? How has political populism affected European democracy and peace? How are such changes affecting Europe's relationships around the world?

The above topics and questions are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to preclude other topics of research. The Institute still welcomes other topics in European studies as long as the projects articulate a clear connection to European Studies. The Institute warmly welcomes such discussion.

Talk with Us

For information about faculty grants, visiting scholars programs, or the student grants process, please contact:

Monica Caro
Senior Associate Director
mcaro@nd.edu
574-631-3547

For students seeking guidance about research and methodology, please contact:

Mark Kettler   
Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence
mkettler@nd.edu

Drop-In Advising Hours: Friday: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm