Faculty Grants


All faculty must complete Nanovic funding requests online through the Faculty Request Form.  

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Pivot to Policy

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 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. Islamophobia, "Christian" Identity, 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?

Will all future supported projects be required to be policy-oriented? By no means. The above topics and questions are not intended to be exhaustive, nor are they intended to preclude other topics of research. We will indeed continue to support a wide variety of endeavors to maintain our distinctive profile as the only European Studies institute that has deep roots in the arts and humanities.


For more information about faculty grant opportunities, please call Anthony Monta, Associate Director, at 1-3545, by email at amonta@nd.edu, or by appointment.