For Graduate Students

The Institute supports graduate education through a range of grant programs, fellowships, and conferences. 


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 (e.g. Islamophobia), assertions of authentic or spurious religious identity, and the role of the secular state either as a mediating institution or force for religious or anti-religious bias. How have assertions of religious identity challenged definitions of political identity? The situation of eastern European Christianity is especially interesting in the consideration of such questions.

3. European Integration and the Fate of the EU. After the catastrophe of two major world wars, political leaders in Europe sought to create supranational economic and political institutios that would integrate nations and 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? To what extent are political changes in Europe 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 projects that show a clear connection to Europe and European studies and will support them. The Institute warmly invites such discussion.

Students should make special note that those receiving partial project funding from other Notre Dame offices and who meet with the Nanovic Institute's student coordinator for grant advising have an increased likelihood of success. All Graduate Grants will be awarded as reimbursements, after students return and complete the expense reporting process. Dissertation Fellowship funding is the exception since funding is usually managed through the student's department. Student grantees may work with Anthony Travel to purchase flights prior to leaving, to avoid out of pocket expenses, (up to a max of $1200). If there are special concerns or questions, you are encouraged to follow up with the student coordinator.

For guidance about the grant process, contact:

Heather Stanfiel
Interim Director of Undergraduate Studies

Minor in European Studies & Nanovic Grant Programs

Office: 1060 Nanovic Hall
Telephone: 574-631-4582



For guidance about your research question or methodology, contact:

Mark T. Kettler 
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Drop In Advising Hours: Tuesday - Wednesday: 3:30 - 5:00pm; Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 1pm

Deadline: March 2, 2020 for the following:

Dissertation Fellowships

European Internship & Service Grant

Summer Travel & Research


Applications will be accepted on January 6 and February 7, 2020, or until funds are depleted for the following grants:

Academic Year Travel & Research Grants

Conference Presentation Grants

Advanced Language Training


Rolling deadline until May 1, 2020:

Conference Grant