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 ARE CLOSED for the 2014-15 academic year.

Peace Accords Matrix (PAM)

The Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix provides comparative data on the provisions of all comprehensive peace accords signed since 1989, as well as information on the implementation of each provision. The Kroc Institute invites post-doctoral researchers and senior scholars interested in using or augmenting the PAM database for their research to apply for Visiting Research Fellowships. Although we will consider a range of proposals, the Kroc Institute is particularly interested in research that makes use of PAM to explore:

  • the effects of peace agreement implementation on socio-economic development, quality of life, and/or public health issues, and
  • intermediary roles and functions in the development and support of negotiation processes in civil conflicts, including issues such as overcoming impasse and breakdown in negotiations.   

The successful candidate will work closely with Peace Accords Matrix project researchers, trained coders, and scholar-practitioners at the Kroc Institute. Strong proposals will offer a clear and concise description of the research project, its significance, and how it will contribute to and build on the PAM initiative.

Models of Peace

The Institute also invites post-doctoral or senior scholars who focus on models of peace to apply for visiting research fellowships. By “models of peace” we mean research that explores why and under what conditions peace prevails in or between countries. (We are not seeking researchers who focus primarily on the study of armed conflict.)  Examples might include organizational or institutional determinants of peace, the role of territory in peaceful relationships, the impact of climate adaptation on peace, or other peace-related foci. The ideal candidate will be methodologically open, systematic, and interested in theorizing about and/or testing models of peace.

How to Apply

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree. If you are currently enrolled in Ph.D. program, you must have completed your doctoral degree before the beginning of the fellowship.

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.

Applications for residence in 2014-2015 must be submitted by email to the Visiting Research Fellows Manager and received by December 16, 2013.

A complete application consists of:

  • The Visiting Research Fellows Application Form
 (click to view and fill in form; you will be asked to choose "Peace Accords Matrix" or "Models of Peace.")
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • 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. Those applying for the PAM visiting research fellowship should specify how they plan to use the PAM database in their research.
  • A bibliography listing citations relevant to your proposed research
  • Two letters of recommendation. Please ask your references to send letters of recommendation directly to Anne Riordan, Visiting Fellows Manager, at riordan.14@nd.edu

A confirmation email will be sent to each applicant after materials are received. 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 by March 1, 2014.

If you have further questions about the application process, please contact:

Anne Riordan, Visiting Research Fellows Manager, (574) 631-9370, riordan.14@nd.edu