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.
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 seven years before applying again.
Fellowships begin at the start of the University of Notre Dame’s fall or spring semester (August or January) and can run for one semester or a full 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 the 2020-21 academic year are due by January 1, 2020.
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 fellowship you are applying for: Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding; Sustainable Development and Climate Change; International Mediation; or Peace Studies (open).
- 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 2020.
Visiting Fellow openings for 2020-21:
Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
The Kroc Institute invites scholars with significant experience conducting research on the intersection of gender, race, class, and conflict and peacebuilding to apply for a Visiting Research Fellowship.
Although the Institute 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 that include 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
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 intersectionality and conflict and peacebuilding.
Sustainable Development and Climate Change
The Kroc Institute invites scholars with significant experience in research on religious and/or ethical approaches to development and climate change, grounded in Catholic or other faith-based traditions. Although we will consider the full range of proposals addressing the ethical, pastoral, and policy dimensions of these issues, the Kroc Institute is particularly interested in research that will focus on the linkages among sustainable development, climate change, and other environmental issues. Proposals that consider the religious and/or ethical dimensions of the linkages between nuclear disarmament and climate change would also be welcome.
The Fellow would have an opportunity to work with the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, whose secretariat is at the Kroc Institute.
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 the issue.
The Kroc Institute has recently established a Mediation Program that focuses on international mediation, preventive diplomacy, and national dialogue in high-intensity conflicts. The Institute invites scholars with significant research experience in this area.
The fellow will undertake their 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.
If you have further questions about the application process, please contact: Jeanine Dziak, (574) 631-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellowship for Alumni, 2020-2021
The Kroc Institute invites peace studies alumni who have graduated prior to 2010 and hold an advanced degree to apply for a one semester (fall or spring) visiting research fellowship at the Kroc Institute. This fellowship is intended for alumni who have pursued careers as peacebuilding practitioners and who seek time to reflect on and write about their work while in residence at the Institute.
The successful applicant will be expected to be involved in the intellectual life of the Institute, including presenting their research to Kroc faculty and students through a public lecture, and to produce a publishable written work that brings to bear their practical experience in conversation with innovative peace research in their field. Applicants should submit a five-page research proposal on any topic in the broad field of strategic peacebuilding that includes research design, literature review, and the potential contribution of their research and writing to scholarship and practice in peace studies and other relevant fields.