The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) is dedicated to fostering and supporting integrative scholarship addressing ultimate questions at the intersection of the arts, engineering, humanities, law, and natural, physical, and social sciences, especially those which transcend disciplinary boundaries. The NDIAS encourages scholars to include questions of values in their analyses, to integrate diverse disciplines, and to ask how their findings advance civilization. The NDIAS Residential Fellowships helps to engage not only in analysis but also in evaluating what should be done, to analyze the world in substantive and collaborative ways, and to think through the implications of present behavior for the future of the world.
How to Apply:
The NDIAS Fellowship application must be submitted in English using Times New Roman 12-point font (or its equivalent). The application is comprised of the following:
(a) completed online application form;
(b) current curriculum vitae (no more than four pages);
(c) proposal abstract (no more than 400 words);
(d) fellowship research proposal (no more than six pages, double-spaced);
(e) proposal bibliography (no more than two pages, single-spaced);
(f) (optional) up to two pages of non-text materials supporting the research proposal;
(g) one writing sample (from faculty residential applicants who have completed doctoral or other terminal degrees after 2010);
(h) (optional) cover letter; and
(i) three letters of reference (please see note on professional reference letters below).
Fellowship applications are evaluated with great care and at several levels of review to ensure objectivity and consistency.
Fellowship applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- the academic strength of the proposal;
- the clarity and compelling nature of relevant methodologies and project organization and objectives, as explained in the proposal;
- the applicant’s ability to address major questions, meta issues, and questions of value;
- the potential for producing significant research;
- how the proposed research aligns with the intellectual parameters of the Institute;
- the applicant’s ability to contribute to a cooperative community of interdisciplinary scholars, as explained in their letters of reference; and
- the significance of the research proposed by each applicant vis-à-vis other proposals submitted.
Because of the numerous criteria involved in selecting fellows, application files are reviewed and evaluated by leading scholars in the respective disciplines and fields, serving as external reviewers. The final major review, conducted by the Institute’s Selection Committee (which is made up of an interdisciplinary group of scholars), consists of a thorough review of applications as well as the evaluation of internal and external reviewers. This committee is charged with making final recommendations on the selection of NDIAS Fellows.