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 2023-24 academic year have closed. Applications for the 2024-25 academic year will open in September 2023.

How to Apply

Non-alumni 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 previously been a Kroc Visiting Research Fellow, please wait 7 years before applying again.

Applicants applying for the alumni category must have graduated from one of the Kroc Institute’s academic programs (undergraduate or graduate) prior to 2013. Alumni of the Kroc undergraduate program must have completed a graduate degree (a masters, doctoral or professional degree).

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: 

  • A cover letter (no longer than 2 pages) that indicates whether you are applying for one semester or two as well as clearly identifies the field to which you are applying (Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict & Peacebuilding; International Mediation; Systemic Racism in the United States; Alumni)
  • A research project proposal (maximum 10 pages, including bibliography) that concisely describes the basic elements of the research project (sources, data, methodology, and analysis), a timetable, and expected products. The bibliography should include citations relevant to your proposed research.
  • An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Two confidential letters of recommendation

A Kroc Institute faculty committee reviews the applications and makes recommendations to the Institute director.  Selection criteria includes evidence of academic excellence; clarity of the link to existing research at the Institute; 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: Erin B. Corcoran, (574) 631-9532,

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