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.

The Kroc Institute seeks applications for Visiting Research Fellows for 2016-17 in the following areas:

  • Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding
  • Diaspora Communities, Conflict & Peacebuilding
  • 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 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.

Diaspora Communities, Conflict & Peacebuilding

The Kroc Institute invites scholars who focus on the study of diaspora and migrant communities and their complex relationships to national conflicts and potential peacebuilding processes in their “homelands.”  Although we will consider the full range of proposals, the Kroc Institute is particularly interested in research that will focus on:

  • Theorizing the intersections between scholarship on immigration/migration, diaspora nationalism, cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, and conflict and peace
  • Conceptualizing the diasporas as potential spaces for conflict transformation and peacebuilding processes
  • Theorizing the intersections between religion and public life debates in Euro-American contexts and global patterns of diaspora activism

The successful candidate will work closely with the religion, conflict, and peacebuilding cluster of researchers at the Kroc Institute as well as with scholars engaged in the study of social movements. Strong proposals will offer a clear and concise description of a research project that will contribute to, and will integrate itself within, the Kroc Institute’s effort to expand the conversation on diaspora nationalisms in various contexts and to locate areas of conceptual synergies and growth pivoted around issues of conflict and peacebuilding.

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.  


The application deadline is December 7, 2015.

Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree. If you are currently enrolled in a 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.

A complete application consists of:

  • The Visiting Research Fellows Application Form. You will be asked to choose "Gender and Conflict/Peacebuilding," or "Diaspora Communities, Conflict & Peacebuilding," or “Peace Studies” (open)
  • 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
  • A bibliography listing citations relevant to your proposed research
  • 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 by March 1, 2016.

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

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