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, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork, or University College Dublin.

Past examples of projects (Summer 2018) from TCDUCD, UCC, and DCU have been shared to provide examples of the types of projects typically offered. 

Summer 2019 projects are available, as follows:

Dublin City University

Trinity College Dublin

University College Dublin 

How to Apply

The 2019 application period ran from November 1 to November 26, 2018.

All applications are now closed. Please check back again in Autumn 2019 for details on applying to the Summer 2020 program.

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 an oral report.


For questions about the REU program in Ireland, please contact