Nature of Trust Fellowships, University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame

Job Type: Fellowship

Application Deadline: September 16, 2019


The Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study offers research fellowships to scholars working on projects that engage with questions of ethics, value, meaning, or purpose. The NDIAS supports research in all disciplines, including the arts, engineering, humanities, law, and formal, natural, and social sciences. As a residential research community, NDIAS Fellows live and work at the University of Notre Dame and present their research in weekly discussion seminars, attend Institute-supported programming, and participate in the intellectual life of the university. The Institute seeks outstanding scholars who are working on projects that can benefit from the collaborative, interdisciplinary setting it provides.

In response to new and emerging opportunities, the NDIAS has added a thematic option to its call for fellowship applications for academic year 2020-2021. The NDIAS is particularly interested in fostering interdisciplinary study of the nature of trust, with a broad range of perspectives, topics, and methods. Fellowship applications are encouraged from all eligible scholars and scientists whose work engages the theme and who are interested in advancing their project through interdisciplinary reflection, discussion, and collaboration at the NDIAS. Potential research proposal topics on the trust theme may address, but are not limited to:

  • the social, technological, biological, economic, and psychological dimensions to how trust may be manifested;
  • the moral and rational demands we have when it comes to belief, evidence, intellectual humility, and social forms of knowledge;
  • concepts of trust related to public information, discourse, speech, and the media, in historical as well as modern contexts;
  • trust as a component in transactions and finance;
  • evolutionary modeling of trust and interdependence;
  • institutional features that promote or inhibit trust (both contemporary and historical);
  • the role of design thinking, network theory, and data science in promoting or inhibiting trust;
  • the role of trust in theological inquiry and in religious traditions; and
  • creative research and research in the arts that explore trust, doubt, and related virtues.

Applicants for the Trust theme should briefly describe the dimension of trust/connection with the theme in their research statement.

Note: Applications from scholars working on projects outside this theme are also still encouraged.

The NDIAS currently offers two kinds of fellowships:

Residential Fellowships for scholars, artists, and scientists who have already earned the highest degree in their field (Ph.D., J.D., M.D., etc.) or who have obtained an equivalent stature in their discipline. Residential Fellows receive up to $90,000 per academic year, subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside of the South Bend area), a research allowance, a private office in the NDIAS, a computer and printer, and access to the university’s library and other facilities. The NDIAS offers residential fellowships for periods ranging from three weeks to a full academic year (fall and spring semesters, August through May), though preference is given to candidates who are able to join the Institute for the entire academic year. More details about Residential Fellowships are available here. To apply, please complete our online application.

Graduate Student Fellowships for scholars who are currently enrolled in a graduate program. To qualify for a graduate student fellowship, a student must remain in graduate-student status for the full period of his or her fellowship. Graduate students who will receive their terminal degree during the fellowship period and thereby no longer maintain graduate-student status should apply for a Residential Fellowship. As with Residential Fellows, Graduate Student Fellows receive a fellowship stipend (up to $28,000 per year), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside of the South Bend area), a research allowance, a private office in the NDIAS, a computer and printer, and access to the university’s library and other facilities. Graduate Student Fellowships are currently available only to students able to join the Institute for a full academic year. More details about Graduate Student Fellowships are available here. To apply, please complete our online application.

The NDIAS Fellowship application period for 2020-2021 closes at 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, September 16, 2019. Awards will be announced in spring 2020. Please direct questions to Kristian Olsen, NDIAS Fellowships Program Manager, at kolsen1@nd.edu.

See complete information here.

Posted: July 04, 2019