Apply for Visiting Research Fellowships
Each year, the Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives.
Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are open. Apply Now!
- Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
- Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
- International Mediation
- Peace Studies (open)
Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
The Kroc Institute invites scholars with significant experience conducting research on the intersection of gender, conflict, and peacebuilding to apply for a Visiting Research Fellowship.
Although we will consider a large range of proposals, the Kroc Institute is especially interested in proposals that:
- Take an interdisciplinary approach and employ qualitative, participatory, and/or feminist methodology.
- Address issues beyond “women’s rights” including masculinity, identity, power, representation, or intersectionality with race, ethnicity, and/or class, and conceptualize gender-based violence to include structural violence and marginalization.
- Demonstrate clear connections to Peace Studies and value added to existing expertise at the Kroc Institute on topics including social change, development, transitional justice, and religion or towards ongoing projects such as the Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) or the Contending Modernities project and its working group on Gender, State, and Society.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research in the subfield of gender and conflict/peacebuilding.
Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Development and Climate Change
The Kroc Institute invites scholars with significant experience in research on religious and ethical approaches to nuclear weapons, particularly from a Catholic perspective. Although we will consider the full range of proposals addressing the ethical, pastoral, and policy dimensions of nuclear disarmament, the Kroc Institute is particularly interested in research that will focus on the linkages among nuclear disarmament, sustainable development, climate change and other environmental issues.
The Fellow would have an opportunity to work with the Project on Revitalizing Catholic Engagement on Nuclear Disarmament, which is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute, the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, Georgetown University's Berkley Center, and the U.S. bishops' Office of International Justice and Peace, with support of the Nuclear Threat Initiative.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research on religion, ethics, and nuclear weapons.
The Kroc Institute has recently established a mediation program that will focus on international mediation, preventive diplomacy and national dialogue in high intensity conflicts. The Institute therefore invites scholars with significant research experience in this area.
The fellow will undertake his/her own research consistent with this focus and will provide research support to the program director.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the planned research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research in the field of international mediation. Post-doctoral scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.
Peace Studies (open)
The Kroc Institute also invites proposals from scholars in any discipline who seek to pursue research in any aspect of peace studies. The Institute is particularly interested in research that will integrate with or complement ongoing research efforts by faculty or research programs at the Kroc Institute.
Strong proposals will offer a clear and concise description of a research project, identify faculty research and initiatives at the Kroc Institute that will be enhanced by the project, and explain how the research will benefit the field of peace studies.
How to Apply
Applicants must have completed a doctoral, or equivalent, degree. If you are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, you must have completed your doctoral degree before the beginning of the fellowship. If you have been a Kroc Visiting Research Fellow, please wait 7 years before applying again.
Fellowships begin at the start of the University of Notre Dame’s semester (August or January) and can run for one semester or an academic year. Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester. Housing is provided in furnished Institute apartments at no cost. Fellows have library and Internet access and document retrieval services.
A complete application consists of:
- The Visiting Research Fellows Application Form.
- A research project proposal (maximum 10 pages) that concisely describes the basic elements of the research project (sources, data and analysis), a timetable, and expected products. Please include a bibliography listing citations relevant to your proposed research. Your project proposal should indicate which field (Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding; Nuclear Disarmament, Sustainable Development and Climate Change; International Mediation; Peace Studies (open)) you are applying toward
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
A Kroc Institute faculty committee reviews the applications and makes the selections. Selection criteria include evidence of academic excellence; clarity of the link to existing research emphases; and anticipation of participation in the intellectual life of the Institute. Results will be announced in March.
If you have further questions about the application process, please contact:
Lisa Gallagher, (574) 631-9370, firstname.lastname@example.org