Irish Students

About the REU Program at Notre Dame

Undergraduates from Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, University College Dublin, and University of Galway who are in the STEM disciplines and seeking to further their research abilities may pursue the summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Notre Dame.

The program lasts approximately 10 weeks over the summer. Students will receive a generous stipend for travel and living expenses.

Areas of Research

The University of Notre Dame offers several programs of research as part of this program. More information on the programs that are available can be found at the following links:

Note: For the projects listed above, Irish applicants can disregard any listed citizenship restrictions, as the funding will be through the Naughton Fellowship and therefore subject to different guidance.

For Notre Dame faculty who would like to submit a project in the future, please contact

View open research projects for Irish students

How to Apply

Naughton Fellowships for undergraduates are nominated by local faculty advisors and then selected by their home university. As a first step, interested students should speak with their faculty advisor for more details. 

Students should then compile a statement of interest based on their intended REU program, a CV, and an up-to-date transcript. Students must indicate their preferred areas of research (for example, microelectronics, drug discovery, etc. These should be submitted to their faculty advisor, who will compile them with a letter of recommendation. The faculty member should then submit the entire package to their university's Naughton Fellowship point of contact in advance of the deadline. For questions on who the relevant university point of contact is, please email

Then, the university's Naughton representative(s) will review all applicants and select two to be put forward to the University of Notre Dame for the program. All student nominations, including the full application package (statement of interest, CV, transcript, and recommendation letter) must be submitted by the university representative to no later than the defined deadline.


Applications Open: Friday, August 25, 2023

Applications Close: Friday, December 15, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern

Selection Criteria

The final selection/confirmation of the Naughton Fellows will be administered by the Naughton Fellowship Committee, with the University's diversity statement in mind.

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 abroad.

Candidates must have at least one year remaining in their undergraduate program in order to be considered.


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

General Terms and Conditions

Each recipient must complete a summary report of his/her research accomplishments at the end of the program and give a presentation at the University's undergraduate research fair.

For Prospective REU Faculty: Submit Your Project

Are you a faculty member interested in providing a research opportunity for our undergraduate students? We welcome your participation in the Naughton Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. If you have a project or research idea that you believe would be a valuable experience for an undergraduate student, we'd love to hear from you.

Please use the form below to submit your project details for consideration. By collaborating with us, you can help shape the next generation of researchers and contribute to their academic and professional growth.


For questions about the REU program at Notre Dame, please contact