Irish Students

The ESTEEM Program

Irish students can earn a Master's degree in one year through the Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master's program, ESTEEM. This program immerses a student in a year of graduate-level study of innovation, entrepreneurship, and general business, designed to augment and make more marketable a student's scientific, technical, and engineering skills.

Through the Naughton Fellowship, Irish students can earn a full tuition scholarship, along with a $17,000 USD stipend for living expenses and full health insurance subsidy for the sponsored student insurance plan. 

The Application Process

Irish undergraduates and those completing a five-year BS+MS program in Ireland who wish to apply for the fellowship must first apply to the ESTEEM program at Notre Dame. The GRE requirement and the application fee will be waived for Irish students. All Irish students earning an undergraduate degree from Dublin City UniversityNational University of Ireland, GalwayTrinity College Dublin,  University College Cork, and University College Dublin who apply to the ESTEEM program will automatically be considered for the Naughton Fellowship.

As part of the application process, in addition to the application requirements for the ESTEEM program, Irish applicants must include a personal statement that includes:

  1. Details regarding any non-academic pursuits and achievements, including sports, volunteer work, and other interests.
  2. A statement detailing information you believe to be relevant to your application. The statement should explain why you are choosing to study your chosen course.
  3. An explanation of how a Naughton Fellowship would be of benefit to you during your studies and in the future.

To begin the application process, please see ESTEEM Admission Requirements. Those wishing to apply should indicate a "Summer" start on the application form.

Timeline

Applications are now closed. Please check back again in the autumn, when new deadlines will be announced. 

All applications are due directly to esteem.nd.edu.

Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged by email. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Classes will begin in early July of the same calendar year, with orientation taking place during the last week of June. 

Selection Criteria

The selection of the Naughton Fellows will be administered by the Naughton Fellowship Committee.

Significant importance and preference will be given to those candidates who demonstrate academic excellence; however, the committee will consider several criteria, including:

  • the interest, ability, and potential of the candidate to study their chosen field;
  • the candidate’s capacity to successfully complete the program of study; and
  • the candidate’s desire and ability to serve as a cultural ambassador.

The onus is on the candidate to complete the appropriate application form, particularly the personal statements, to demonstrate the degree to which he/she meets these criteria.

General Terms and Conditions

The Fellowship Committee may, at any stage, seek additional information from individual candidates or referees.

Within the terms of the endowment, the Fellowship Committee reserves all rights to modify at any time and/or to terminate this Fellowship scheme and/or to make whatever decisions in regard to the operation of this Fellowship scheme that may be required. Their determination(s) on all these matters shall be final; there shall be no right of appeal.

Questions?

Irish applicants who are applying to the Notre Dame ESTEEM program should direct inquiries to esteem@nd.edu or visit esteem.nd.edu.