For Visiting Scholars

Applications are currently closed. Return here in fall 2020 for additional details. The next cycle will consider proposals for stays in summer 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022. The deadline for the applications will be in January 2021.  For additional information, contact Monica Caro at

The Patrick and Angela Adams Fellowship for Catholic Higher Education in Post-Communist Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union brings promising scholars and administrators from Catholic universities in post-communist Eastern Europe and the areas of the former Soviet Union to the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.  The fellowship's goal is to provide these individuals with experiences at Notre Dame that will ensure their success as the future leaders of their region's Catholic universities.

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. 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

Please complete the online application form and upload the following materials as prompted. 

  • 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 current curriculum vitae.

  • A list of any library collections or faculty members 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 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 twenty-minute walk through the heart of campus from the apartments.   Nanovic Hall is located on the south side of campus between the football stadium and the Eck Visitors' Center.

View campus trail map.

View shuttle bus schedule.

Are meals provided?

A modest food allowance is provided for summer one-month long visitors. Details of the stipend will be explained prior to arrival.

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 Monica Caro, senior associate director.

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 wind chill 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 the Adams Fellowship, please contact Monica Caro, senior associate director, at