Grants & Fellowships

The Institute currently offers a comprehensive suite of grant programs designed to support students, visiting scholars, and faculty fellows throughout their academic careers.

Individuals interested in becoming a Faculty Fellow must be a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame and nominated by a current fellow or the Director. Nominations may be emailed to the Assistant Director, Grant Osborn ( Learn more about our Faculty Fellows and their fields of study. 

Student Grants and COVID-19

The Institute remains committed to the undergraduate and graduate research experience, even while travel is currently prohibited due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and seeks to offer new avenues by which students can engage in European studies in a meaningful way. All questions regarding University policies on domestic or international student travel should be directed to

This semester the Nanovic Institute is offering a Research Resources Grant to supply students with the materials needed to complete research “in” Europe. This grant will cover:

  • Books that are unavailable in the Hesburgh Libraries or with justification are needed physically.
  • Access to video, stage, museum, or film collections;
  • Journal articles related to an appropriate research topic;
  • Certain translation needs (contact Anna Dolezal for details);
  • Digital access fees for archives and collections or otherwise restricted materials;
  • Other resources or needs connected to European studies with justification.

In your application, be as specific as possible as to how a particular resource will advance your research goals. If you have questions about what this grant will or will not cover, please contact Anna Dolezal, Student Programs Assistant Manager at ( 

This grant is open to all students, including first-year students. Students will only be eligible for one grant per semester.

Applications to the Research Resources Grant will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the semester. As a general rule, the Institute will communicate decisions within two weeks of submission.  The application will be open starting August 10th and until further notice. 


This grant will cover up to $300.00 in research materials and will be paid out as a reimbursement once all receipts have been received. Note: Items purchased prior to the date of the award letter (not the date of your application!) are not eligible for reimbursement.

Additional Resources

The Institute has compiled a handful of research directories, drawing on the expertise of our faculty fellows and librarians, to provide you with information on where to start your online research. These directories are organized by region and contain information about archives and collections that are accessible online. 


Undergraduate students


Graduate students






Research Priorities

As one of the core academic units of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Nanovic Institute is poised to make significant contributions to a deeper understanding of Integral Human Development and to the intersection of humanities and policy.

Such contributions will continue to come from its unique set of strengths. With deep expertise in history, theology, philosophy, political science, the fine arts, and many of the European languages and cultures (to name just a few of our partnering departments), the Institute offers rich perspectives of historical, ethical, religious and aesthetic dimensions of Europe. These perspectives contribute to a deep understanding of Europe and to the discussion of policy in Europe today. The Institute has identified core research priorities that have and will continue to shape Europe in profound ways. The Institute encourages faculty and students to bring their training in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences to bear on questions and topics that are of particular interest to the Nanovic Institute:

  • Faith and Religion in Europe. As a Catholic university, the University of Notre Dame has a particular interest and expertise in matters of religious faith, in faith-based actors, and in the interaction between religion and state. What can we learn about Europe in looking at its faith traditions? What is the role of faith in Europe today (e.g., in regions where secularism or irreligion predominates, in fragile democracies, in areas where religion and national/political identity are linked, etc.)? How do religious traditions and institutions continue to shape Europe?
  • The United States and Europe. The Nanovic Institute intends to “bring Europe to Notre Dame and Notre Dame to Europe.” Hence, one key concern of the Institute is the understanding of the relationship between the United States and Europe. The evolving relationship between the United States and Europe has wide-reaching implications for the international community that encompass as well as go beyond economics and politics. How can cultures of remembering and current political developments on either side of the Atlantic be interpreted? 
  • Migration and Integration. Migration is one of the major challenges of the 21st century, with 70 million people displaced globally, and more than 25 million of those people in the immediate region of Europe. How can nation-states and individuals address the challenges of migration, its effects, and many underlying causes (war, environmental degradation, lack of opportunities, etc.), in a way that respects human dignity? What are the legal, physical, and political obstacles facing migrants, immigrants, and asylum seekers to Europe? How are immigrants to Europe integrated?
  • Europe’s Most Vulnerable. In line with the Keough School’s commitment to pursuing “Integral Human Development,” the Institute seeks to understand the challenges faced by the most disadvantaged populations in Europe. What are promising responses to these challenges? How can the dignity of the most vulnerable persons in Europe be safeguarded? Who are the least privileged, and what are our obligations to them?
  • Major Moral Challenges of Contemporary Europe. The Nanovic Institute for European Studies with its traditional strong basis in the humanities is particularly interested in an analysis of and responses to major moral challenges in Europe. These may include issues of intergenerational justice and poverty, the ethics of borders, ecological responsibility, an understanding of the common good. We welcome research on the moral landscape of Europe from many different perspectives and disciplines.

These core research priorities give a sense of the Institute”s long term research portfolio. There are also and always current research priorities emerging that nuance the five areas outlined above. At this point in history, the Institute invites faculty and students to entertain how their interests and research foci might interest with, or shed light on the following topics:

  • Race Relations in Europe. As the United States continues to reckon with issues surrounding systemic racism and police brutality, what can be said about the racial dynamics at play on the European continent? How have different countries addressed or avoided their colonial legacies? What can be learned from the arrival of migrants and refugees from numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds in Europe?
  • Europe in the Age of COVID-19. No stranger to pandemics, Europe’s population lives with historical memories of devastating plagues, so how are they tackling this crisis? COVID-19 reached European shores at a moment of division, have European states responded with unity? Or will the continent become further divided in the aftermath of COVID-19? What can be said about the different approaches to the Pandemic? Spain and Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom, Hungary and the Netherlands have responded quite differently to the pandemic. What are the major effects of the pandemic and the adopted policies? Has the response to the pandemic exacerbated disparities within a country and also between different European states?

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 or fellowships, please contact:

Grant Osborn
Assistant Director

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

Anna Dolezal
Student Programs Assistant Manager

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