Applications for the Naughton Fellowships Program now open, with an additional location for undergraduates and a new faculty research opportunity announced

Author: Joanne Fahey

The University of Notre Dame has opened its annual competition for the Naughton Fellowships. The prestigious international fellowships provide funding for exceptional undergraduate and masters students with an aptitude for the STEM disciplines to complete research or study in Ireland or at Notre Dame (ND). New this year is a faculty research accelerator program, which aims to catalyze and support research collaborations between ND and Ireland. 

The following opportunities are currently open for applications.

Research Experience for Undergraduates

  • Ten-week research experiences for ND students are available at Dublin City University (DCU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), University College Cork (UCC), University College Dublin (UCD), and, new this year, the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG). Fellowships include airfare, accommodation, health insurance, a stipend, and cultural enrichment programming. All applications are due by Sunday, February 2, 2020.
  • Ten-week research experiences for Irish students from DCU, TCD, UCC, and UCD are available at the University of Notre Dame. For the first time this year, NUIG students can also apply. Fellowships include a stipend for travel and living expenses. To be considered, please contact your faculty supervisor in Ireland, as they will select students to put forward. All student names must be submitted by Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Masters

  • ND students can apply for a taught or research master’s degree at DCU, NUIG, TCD, UCC, or UCD. Fellowships include a full tuition waiver, as well as a $20,000 USD stipend for living expenses, plus cultural enrichment programming. All applications are due by Sunday, February 2, 2020.
  • Irish students from DCU, NUIG, TCD, UCC, or UCD can apply for a master’s degree in Notre Dame’s Engineering, Science, and Technology Entrepreneurship Excellence Master’s (ESTEEM) Program. Fellowships include a full tuition waiver, a full health insurance subsidy for the sponsored student insurance plan, and a $17,000 USD stipend for living expenses, plus access to cultural enrichment programming. All applications are due by Sunday, March 1, 2020.

PhD

The Ph.D. Student Exchange Program, which ran from 2009 to 2019, will not be offered this year. Interested Ph.D. students should speak to their faculty advisors for more information in relation to the new Faculty Research Accelerator Program, which allows for the funding of graduate student stipends.

Faculty

New this year is the Faculty Research Accelerator Program, which is a program to catalyze and support faculty collaborations in order to advance collaborative research and foster deeper and stronger ties between Irish research institutions and ND, as well as between the two countries. 

Proposals may request up to $120,000 USD in funding. To best facilitate joint research, a variety of uses may be proposed and full details are available on the website. Regardless of intended use, research excellence, the scope of the cross-institutional participation, and the potential for sustained collaborations will be guiding principles and key review criteria. All applications are due by Sunday, February 2, 2020.

Naughton Fellowship Committee Chair and Rev. John A. Zahm Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brian Baker, said, “For over ten years, the Naughton Fellowship Program has facilitated student research and scholarly exchange between Notre Dame and Ireland. I am delighted that this year we can extend this program to include our esteemed faculty as well – laying the foundation for years of future collaboration, engagement, and measurable research outcomes.”

An information session at Notre Dame is scheduled with Baker for Friday, December 6, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Nieuwland Science Hall. All interested students and faculty are welcome to attend. For questions, please email naughton@nd.edu.

The Naughton Fellowships allow researchers 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. 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 complete research. Faculty from the two countries can also participate in funded research collaborations. For more information, including full application details on each of the available programs, please see naughton.nd.edu.