For Graduate Students

The Nanovic supports graduate education through a range of grant programs, fellowships, and conferences. It connects them to other students and faculty and fosters their professional development.


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. 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?

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 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.

For guidance about the grant process, contact:

Chris Stump
Student Coordinator 

Drop In Advising Hours: Wednesday: 3:00 - 4:00pm; Thursday: 1 - 3:00pm  Additional appointments available by request  

For guidance about your research question or methodology, contact:

Mark Kettler
Postdoctoral Scholar in Residence

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

Deadline: February 27, 2019

Dissertation Fellowships

Summer Travel & Research


Rolling deadline until March 20, 2019

Academic Year Travel & Research Grants

Professional Development Grants

European Internship & Service Grant ​​

Advanced Language Training


Rolling deadline until May 1, 2019

Conference Grant