Graduate Fellowship

If your scholarship considers questions of justice broadly conceived from any disciplinary perspective, we welcome you to apply for a year-long Fellowship facilitated by the Center for Social Concerns. Justice Fellows will work with invited scholars and leaders from the University and beyond to sharpen research plans through interdisciplinary dialogue and workshops. Graduate students from each college and school are welcome. 


  • Stipend or research support of $3000 for successful completion of the fellowship
  • Consultation with faculty exemplars and field/community experts whose scholarship addresses the demands of justice
  • Opportunities to develop and workshop your research/teaching plans with other early-career scholars to enhance quality, relevance, and impact

Who Should Apply

  • Doctoral students of each college/school (preferred range is 2nd to 4th year students)  
  • Professional and masters level students with strong interest in the theme and support from their department/school

Expectations of Fellows

  • Demonstrated interest in the themes of the fellowship
  • Local residency at Notre Dame during the academic year 2022–23
  • Attendance and thoughtful participation at all fellowship events (approximately 7 meetings per semester)
  • Presentation at one gathering of the fellow’s interests and research
  • Development of brief public essay (or blog entry) in the fellow’s area of interest, facilitation of a relevant discussion in fellow's home department, or a similar contribution the fellow may want to offer 

Application Deadline and Materials

Apply by June 15, 2022. Early application encouraged. Spots are limited. 


Application requirements:

  1. a brief statement of purpose indicating how the Fellowship will enhance one's disciplinary work and research (in near term, and far),
  2. current CV
  3. brief note from student’s research advisor/department indicating approval for participation


Further Information/Context

If you have questions about the Fellowship, contact Jay Brandenberger, Ph.D. (

The Fellowship is distinct from the Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement and Public Scholarship in theme and structure, though students may complete both. 




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Upcoming Events

May 2022

Graduate Summer Institute for Engaged Research and Teaching
Tuesday, May 31, 2022 - 12:00am to Thursday, June 2, 2022 - 11:45pm

June 2022

ND Explores STEM: Healthcare
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Information Session | RISE: Hometown
Thursday, June 9, 2022 - 7:00pm
Preferred Application Deadline | Graduate Fellowship
Wednesday, June 15, 2022 - 12:00am to 11:45pm
Information Session | RISE: South Bend
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 7:00pm

September 2022

Pathways Out of Poverty: Venture Creation and Contemporary Europe
Wednesday, September 7, 2022 - 11:00am to 1:00pm