Laura Shannon Prize Residency Summer 2022

Imagine a weeklong intellectual retreat to work on your dissertation. Now, imagine it in a beautiful corner of Europe. Add in three winners of the Laura Shannon Prize–awarded annually to the best book in European Studies–to consult and converse with throughout the week, meals prepared by a chef, a few curated cultural outings, access to wonderful gardens–and you can begin to understand the vision for the Laura Shannon Prize Residency at Kylemore Abbey.

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Kylemore Abbey

This week in August 2022 is designed to be an opportunity to elevate your dissertation projects with a particular focus on storytelling and craft: how to translate research, particularly (but not exclusively) archival work into captivating stories. 

This pilot program invites applications for approximately six Notre Dame graduate students to join this residency program August 7-13, 2022. Candidates will be selected from multiple departments for an interdisciplinary group. 

Applicants must be enrolled in a Notre Dame Ph.D. program and should be finished with coursework (or finishing no later than spring 2022). Applicants should have a demonstrated connection to European Studies in their dissertation topic and a particular interest to work with the Laura Shannon Prize recipients who will be present. As noted above, the Nanovic Institute will be looking to assemble an interdisciplinary cohort for the program. The process is expected to be very competitive and there will likely be an interview required for the finalists.

Deadline for applications: February 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

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Accepted participants will be offered:

  • economy roundtrip airfare to Dublin,
  • roundtrip ground transfers from Dublin to Kylemore,
  • Accommodation at Kylemore Abbey in a shared room with another graduate student, and
  • most meals. 

It also includes full participation in a light schedule of cultural activities throughout the week. There will be the opportunity to receive mentoring from Laura Shannon Prize winners attending the event as well as faculty members from the University of Notre Dame.

Laura Shannon Prize recipients in residence:

  • Dr. Max Bergholz, 2019 Prize Recipient for Violence as a Generative Force: Identity, Nationalism, and Memory in a Balkan Community, Associate Professor of History, Concordia University in Montreal
  • Dr. Eleonory Gilburd, 2020 Prize Recipient for To See Paris and Die: The Soviet Lives of Western Culture, Associate Professor of History and the College, The University of Chicago
  • Dr. Mark Thompson, 2016 Prize Recipient for Birth Certificate: The Story of Danilo Kiš, Associate Professor of Modern History, University of East Anglia

Notre Dame Faculty in residence:

  • Dr. John Deak, Carl E. Koch Associate Professor of History, Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow
  • Dr. Karen Deak, Academic Advancement Director, Research Innovation and the IDEA Center
  • Dr. Olivier Morel, Associate Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre; Concurrent Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow
  • Dr. Alison Rice, Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Concurrent Faculty of Gender Studies, Nanovic Institute Faculty Fellow
  • Dr. Clemens Sedmak, Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and Professor of Social Ethics

For questions, please contact Monica Caro at