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.

Summer 2020 Grants and COVID-19

Due to the escalation of COVID-19 globally, the University of Notre Dame has made the difficult decision to prohibit all University-reimbursed international travel for students, faculty, and staff for summer 2020 and until further notice. Additionally, University-reimbursed domestic travel must be postponed or canceled unless an exception is granted by the dean. In accordance with University policy, the Nanovic Institute will not support undergraduate or graduate student grants this summer. We regret the disappointment and sadness that this restriction causes, even as we share in the University’s prioritization of health and safety for our community members. All questions regarding this and other COVID-19 related policies should be directed to

Research Priorities

As one of the core academic units of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Nanovic Institute is poised to make signal contributions to the study of contemporary European policy.

Such contributions will 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 can offer rich perspectives of historical, ethical, and aesthetic dimension to the discussion of policy in Europe today. Consequently, in line with the School’s focus on policy and practice, and in line with its commitment to pursuing "integral human development," the Institute encourages faculty bring their training in the humanities, arts, sciences, or social sciences to bear on questions and topics that may also 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 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

Office Hours: Tuesday: 1:00 - 2:30, Wednesday: 9:00 - 11:00, Thursday: 3:00 - 4:30

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

Mark Kettler   
Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence

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