For Graduate Students

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

Graduate students, like all applicants, should play from their own particular strengths and interests by proposing projects that lie squarely within their area of study and growing expertise. All areas that engage Europe and European Studies are welcome and will be given full consideration. Medieval theology, classics (when explicitly related to Europe), early modern philosophy, etc. are all--just to give a few examples--fully eligible for consideration. Having said that, the Nanovic's mission has with its move to the Keough School of Global Affairs expanded to include a focus on contemporary Europe. Thus ...

whenever possible--but only when this makes sense--students are encouraged to link their work to some of the policy areas listed below. 

Enhanced Policy Mission: Policy Issues Related to Contemporary Europe

Given the urgent problems facing Europe today, the Nanovic Institute now also encourages an engagement with contemporary policy concerns. Graduate students might 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:

*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? 

*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.

*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 institutions 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 of course still welcomes other projects that show a clear connection to Europe and European studies. 

Students should make special note that those who actively seek partial project funding from other Notre Dame offices (whenever relevant and possible) and who meet with the Nanovic Institute's student coordinator or grant advisor will have an increased likelihood of success.

Changes to Graduate Funding as of November 4th, 2019. 

All graduate grants, excluding Conference Presentation Grants, will as a rule be awarded as an upfront payment, after recipients complete the necessary steps for formally accepting the award.

Conference Presentation Grants will be awarded, following University policy, as reimbursement after recipients return and complete their expense reports. 

 All 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). 

For guidance about the grant process, contact:

Anna Dolezal 
Student Programs Assistant Manager 
Minor in European Studies & Nanovic Grant Programs

Office: 1060 Nanovic Hall


Appointment Calendar

For guidance about your research question or methodology, contact:

Mark T. Kettler 
Postdoctoral Research Associate

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

Applications will be accepted on September 23, 2019, November 11, 2019, January 27, 2020, and March 23, 2020 or until funds are depleted for the following:

March 2, 2020, is the application deadline for:

April 6, 2020, is the application deadline for

May 1, 2020, is the application deadline for: