For Visiting Scholars

Application Status

Applications for one-month terms during summer 2018 are due on February 2, 2018.

Applications for the 2018 fall semester term are due on March 2, 2018.

Visiting Scholar Program

The Nanovic Institute is now only accepting applications from scholars affiliated with our Catholic Universities Partnership institutions for semester-long stays during the fall or spring semesters or for one-month stays during the summer break. Applications will be considered until positions are filled. Scholarly work should ideally match one of our Institute’s research areas

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree by the beginning of their stay. Semester visitors are expected to offer one public lecture or serve on a panel discussion arranged by the Institute. Summer applicants should note that the majority of Notre Dame students are not on campus and our Institute events are fewer. The Institute requires a brief, final report from visitors describing the visitor's accomplishments during the stay. Attribution in any publications resulting from the stay is much appreciated.

Application Procedure

Application materials should be attached as PDFs and should include:

  • A research statement in the form of a cover letter explaining your proposed research, its relation to the Nanovic Institute’s research areas, describes your career aspirations at your university, and how this research will benefit your development at your university. The statement is typically 1-2 pages, single-spaced, and addressed to the Director, A. James McAdams.

  • A current curriculum vitae.

  • A list of any resources or persons you would like to work with at the University of Notre Dame.

Distinguished US-Italian Fulbright Program

During the spring semester (only), the Nanovic Institute assists in bringing and hosting an Italian Fulbright scholar at Notre Dame. Italian Fulbright scholars may offer graduate and upper-level undergraduate courses in any number of Departments in the College of Arts and Letters including Classics, English, History, Art History, Philosophy, Romance Languages and Literatures, and Theology. Courses must be proposed and are subject to approval by the department in which they would be offered. Guidelines and application information are available at the The University of Trento – Italy and the U.S.-Italy Fulbright Commission.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the campus like?

The University of Notre Dame was founded in 1842 by a priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Notre Dame is an independent, national Catholic research university located adjacent to the city of South Bend, Indiana, and approximately 90 miles east of Chicago. You can explore the Notre Dame campus through a virtual tour or through the campus map.

What happens when I arrive on campus?

Most of our visitors arrive by a shuttle bus from the Chicago airport. The bus stops at the south entrance to campus. Sharon Konopka, Business Associate or another staff member from the Nanovic Institute will meet you there and take you to the apartment. If you arrive too late in the evening, the Institute will make arrangements for you to stay overnight at a nearby hotel and meet you in the morning.

What kind of housing will be available during my stay?

Housing is provided for all visiting scholars at the Nanovic Institute. Arrangements may be on campus or within walking distance. During the one-month summer stays, the housing provided is for scholars only and is typically a two-bedroom furnished apartment shared by two visitor scholars of the same gender. If family members accompany the visiting scholar (semester-long visitors only), the apartment will only allow a total of four (4) family members.  

How far is the Nanovic Institute from the apartments?

Distance will vary based on location. The Institute is less than a fifteen-minute walk through the heart of campus from the apartments depending on weather and construction.   

View campus trail map.

View shuttle bus schedule.

What if I need alternative housing arrangements?

Our Business Associate, Sharon Konopka can assist you.

Are meals provided?

A modest food stipend is provided for summer one-month long visitors. Visitors are given a food card that can be used at any of the campus dining and store locations.

Is health insurance coverage provided at Notre Dame?

Insurance is not covered by the University of Notre Dame for visiting scholars.  You will be responsible for your own health insurance.  For more information, please contact Business Associate, Sharon Konopka

Are there health services available at Notre Dame?

The Notre Dame Wellness Center is a campus facility that can meet basic medical needs as well as laboratory services.  There is also a pharmacy at that location to handle medical prescriptions.

Are there on-campus fitness facilities?

There are several facilities as well as a multitude of fitness classes offered through RecSports. We also highly recommend the trails around our two campus lakes.

What is the weather like in Indiana?

It can vary greatly depending on the year. Our midwest climate can fluctuate between -21°C (-5°F) in the winter to over 33°C (92°F) in the summer. These temperatures do not include humidity or windchill which can intensify the conditions. Review local weather trends online at The Weather Channel in preparation for your time on campus.

For More Information

For more information about our Visiting Scholar Programs, please contact Monica Caro, Manager of Operations, at or submit your application here.