Graduate students encouraged to apply to new fellowship program to advance research and communication skills

Author: Brandi Wampler

Mc 10

The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the Graduate School have launched a year-long fellowship program that aims to help students accelerate their dissertations, develop their research communication skills, and cultivate professional and scholarly networks, all within the context of a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

The fellows in the new NDIAS-Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship Program will attend weekly research seminars co-led by Meghan Sullivan, director of the NDIAS and professor of philosophy, and receive support in the form of faculty mentorship and research funding. Students will also participate in research communications training and skill-building workshops led by editors from The New York Times and Duarte, a professional communications coaching group that helps researchers explain their work to broad audiences. The program further develops Graduate School efforts to foster community and purpose among graduate students by giving fellows access to research boot camps, writing accountability groups, and professional and scholarly networking events.

“The institute is excited to partner with the Graduate School to offer this opportunity to current University of Notre Dame graduate students,” said Sullivan. “Each year the NDIAS brings together world-class researchers tackling the kind of questions that require an interdisciplinary focus and have far-reaching applications. The Graduate School and its students are an essential part of Notre Dame’s research community, and the Ph.D. fellows will be a crucial addition to our faculty cohort. This will be a tremendous opportunity for Notre Dame Ph.D. students to get research mentorship in a collaborative setting and to raise the impact of their work.”

To become a fellow, students must be enrolled in a doctoral program in any Notre Dame college or school and be in good standing. Applicants should be in the third or fourth year of their program during the 2020-2021 academic year, or at an equivalent stage of the dissertation process. Attendance is expected at the weekly seminars, fall and spring break research and writing boot camps, institute lectures and meals with faculty fellows, and the communications workshops. The application period will open on February 1, 2020 and close on March 2, 2020.

Those interested in learning more about the graduate school program can attend informational meetings on either Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. or Wednesday, January 22, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in conference room 117 in Bond Hall. Please register at

To learn more about the NDIAS-Graduate School Ph.D. Fellowship Program, please visit

The NDIAS convenes an interdisciplinary group of faculty fellows, top doctoral candidates, and undergraduate scholars to study questions that require a joint focus, benefit from sustained research and discussion, and advance our understanding on core issues that affect our ability to lead valuable, meaningful lives. To learn more, please visit

The Graduate School at Notre Dame attracts premier students to top degree programs where they pursue academic excellence augmented by outstanding professional development within a culture of vibrant well-being. By providing students with an environment that tells them you matter, it affirms their potential and orients them toward marshaling their research toward being a force for good. To learn more, please visit


Paul Blaschko / Assistant Director for Research and Outreach

Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study / University of Notre Dame / 574.631.4838 / @NotreDameIAS

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Originally published by Brandi Wampler at on January 10, 2020.