Notre Dame Students

About the REU Program in Ireland

Notre Dame students can earn valuable research experience in the STEM disciplines through the Naughton Fellowship Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. The fellowships offer motivated undergraduates the opportunity to learn through research, gain valuable skills, and be part of a cutting-edge research project. Fellowship recipients will conduct their research within an exciting team atmosphere, working with a faculty mentor, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students.

The program lasts approximately 10 weeks between May and August. Students will receive airfare between the U.S. and Ireland (up to the value of $1,200 maximum USD), accommodation (either on campus at Trinity College Dublin or the Riverside Apartments in Cork), health insurance, airport pickup upon arrival in Dublin, ground transport to and from the research site, cultural enrichment and professional development programs, and a comfortable living allowance ($2,000 USD total) to cover food and other living expenses.

Areas of Study

A number of research projects will be available for University of Notre Dame students to participate in Ireland during the upcoming summer. Students will have the opportunity to conduct research at either Dublin City University, the National University of Ireland, Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, or University College Dublin. Projects will be added to this page as they are identified.

How to Apply

All applications should be submitted online at by the defined deadline. 

Application Instructions

The application is completely electronic. The instructions below will guide you through the process.

Before Beginning

If a question has an *asterisk next to it then you must provide an answer.

Please read through the following list carefully to ensure you have gathered the necessary materials to complete the application before you begin.

Complete the Application

Click on the Application for Naughton Fellowship REU Program link below to create your account. Once your account is active, click on the link Application for Admission to begin.

Under Applicant Type select Departmental Non-Degree. 

If this step is not followed we will not receive your application.

Select the Summer term for the year in which you plan to participate.

Do your best to thoroughly fill in the Personal Information section, but you can skip the Family Information section.

In the Test Score Information section you can click on Save & Continue without entering any information. These scores are not needed for this program.

In the International Information section you can click on Save & Continue without entering any information.

In the Planned Course of Study section, select Part Time, and in answering “Program Applying to” select Naughton Fellowship REU.

In the Academic History section enter the colleges or universities you have attended. Transcripts are required. An unofficial copy of your transcript will be accepted and must be uploaded where it says upload document.

In the Additional Information section you can list the University of Notre Dame as School Number 1. Please let us know if you are applying to any other REU-like programs. The headings Language and Financial Aid can both be left blank.

In the Uploads section you will need to upload your statement of intent.

The statement should cover some or all of the following: 

- Information about you

- Why you are interested in an Undergraduate Research Program

- Discipline related experience (classes, computer training, etc.)

- Future (after graduation) plans

- Where you heard about the Naughton Fellowship Program and what appeals to you about our program specifically.

This is a perfect platform for explaining any low grades or problems with grades. Please note these ideas are suggestions; your statement is your opportunity to provide more information about you.

Curriculum Vitae or resume must be uploaded in the Curriculum Vitae heading.

All Recommendation Letters must be electronic. One letter of recommendation is required.

In place of the second recommendation letter, you can use “Nyrée McDonald” as the recommender and "" as the email address.

In place of the third recommendation letter, you can use any name as the recommender and "" as the email address.

There is no application fee.

Ready to apply? Please click on the link below:

Application for Naughton Fellowship REU Program


The Naughton Fellowship REU program will not run during Summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please check back again soon for future deadline and application information.

Selection Criteria

The selection 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.

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

The REU position is full time (40 hours per week).

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


For questions about the REU program in Ireland, please contact