Making connections for a lifetime of impact

About the Naughton Fellowships

The Naughton Fellowship program allows students with a background in, or aptitude for, STEM fields to experience international research and educational opportunities through a funded exchange program involving the University of Notre Dame and some of Ireland’s leading research universities: Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and University of Galway.

Irish undergraduates and Master’s students can come to Notre Dame on the fellowship, while Notre Dame undergraduates and Master’s students can travel to Ireland to study and research topics as diverse as Structural Engineering to Marine Biology and Public Health to Data Science and Analytics. Previously, a Ph.D. fellowship opportunity was offered; this is currently on hiatus.

The new Faculty Research Accelerator Program allows faculty in both countries to catalyze new research collaborations.


Founded in 2008 with an $8 million gift from the Naughton Family, the program facilitates broad cross-cultural training for exceptional students with leadership potential in select fields, stimulates collaborative research among the engineers and scientists who train these students, and forges deeper and stronger ties between Ireland and the United States.

In addition to the Fellowships, the Naughton Family has long-supported the University of Notre Dame, providing endowments for a professorship and faculty fellows and for the founding of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies in South Bend, as well as the Keough-Naughton Notre Dame Centre in O’Connell House in Dublin, Ireland, which is now one of Notre Dame International’s Global Gateways.

"The study of new sciences and technologies are essential to the prosperity of society. It will be a tremendous benefit for our talented Irish and American students to have both European and American qualifications from leading universities on both sides of the Atlantic." - Dr. Martin Naughton, Founder