Visiting Fellowships at Kellogg Institute for International Studies

Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: scholars and practitioners from any country who conduct international research on themes of democracy and/or human development
Fellowship: includes stipend, travel expenses and medical insurance benefits


Since 1983, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies has offered visiting fellowships to promote interdisciplinary international research in a supportive community of scholars. This widely respected residential program offers time to pursue scholarly inquiry, advance personal research, and collaborate with other scholars and practitioners from across the US and around the globe. Visiting fellows pursue research related to Kellogg Institute themes of democracy and human development, share their research with the Notre Dame scholarly community, and have the opportunity to publish in Kellogg’s peer-reviewed Working Paper Series.

While at the Kellogg Institute, fellows interact with leading scholars one-on-one and through the Institute’s seminars and lectures, international conferences, roundtable discussions on world affairs, and cultural events. The facilities at the Hesburgh Center are ideal for scholarly research.

Visiting fellows have spacious offices, on-site information technology support, personal library services through a branch of the University’s library, and use of a variety of campus facilities. Fellowships are offered for the academic year (August to May) or the fall (August to December) or spring semesters (January to May).  In exceptional cases, two-year postdoctoral visiting fellowships may be offered to one or two applicants per year.


Institute invites applications from scholars and practitioners who conduct international research on themes of democracy and/or human development. Applicants may come from any country and typically fall into three groups:

  • Promising junior and midcareer scholars (typically postdocs and assistant or associate professors);
  • Distinguished senior scholars with an established record of scholarly excellence;
  • Accomplished policy makers, journalists, and other practioners whose knowledge and experience can link policy and scholarship;
  • Most successful applicants have to hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or in history;
  • In exceptional cases, the Institute will support applicants with a PhD or its equivalent in other disciplines;
  • The Institute welcomes applications from eminent scholars and practioners who do not hold a PhD;
  • Advanced ABD graduate students may apply, but awards are contingent on their having completed the PhD before beginning the fellowship.

The following should be considered when applying for a Kellogg Institute fellowship:

  • Advanced English language proficiency is required;
  • Foreign nationals must have a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 Visa.


Visiting Fellowships include:

  • Stipend;
  • Travel expenses;
  • Medical insurance benefits;
  • Partial housing subsidy for the Hesburgh Center Residences or other on-campus housing.

How to apply?

The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015. To apply for a Kellogg Institute visiting fellowship, please click HERE. You will be asked to create an account and you will need to remember your login and password in order to save and return to your application until you are ready to submit. A complete application will consist of the following documents uploaded through the online application system:

  • Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship and specifying your preferred term of stay;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • A research project statement (6–10 double-spaced pages);
  • Names and email addresses for three letters of recommendation.

For more information please visit the official website.

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