Notre Dame Rome inaugurates Graduate Research Fellowships in Rome

Author: Costanza Montanari

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The Graduate School in partnership with Notre Dame International and the Center for Italian Studies is offering semester- and year-long dissertation research fellowships at the Rome Global Gateway to advanced humanities PhD students in the College of Arts and Letters.


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The goal of this residential fellowship is to facilitate dissertation research for students who demonstrate the need to conduct substantial work in Rome and its vicinity and to create a cohort of scholars engaged in the academic communities of Notre Dame Rome and of the city.


This fellowship is designed to support only those students in the advanced stages of doctoral work.

Benefits: Selected fellows will receive a housing and airfare allowance (one semester - $7,000; one year - $10,000).

The Rome Gateway will offer guidance on identifying housing, support the visa application and the rest of the immigration process (costs borne by the fellow), and provide office space at the Gateway facility on Via Ostilia, just steps from the Colosseum. Additionally, Notre Dame Rome will support the fellows in networking with local experts and students at other institutions. Fellows will be expected to participate in the academic events and activities organized by the Rome Global Gateway and to present their work in progress in internal seminars and/or seminars organized with partner institutions.

Eligibility Requirements: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a humanities PhD program in the College of Arts and Letters. Applicants should have completed all coursework and examinations. The dissertation proposal/project must be approved by the applicant's doctoral committee by the time of application.

Program Dates: Fall semester: arrivals from Sept 2, 2024, with a start date of Sept 9, 2024. End of the program on Dec 21, 2024. Spring semester: arrivals from Jan 20, 2025, with a start date of Jan 27, 2025. End of the program on May 10, 2025. Year-long: Sept 2, 2024, with a start date of Sept 9, 2024. End of the program on May 10, 2025.

Evaluation Criteria: A multidisciplinary review committee will be charged to evaluate the applications based on the quality and clarity of the proposal, the need for conducting research in Rome, and the professional benefits of this fellowship for the researcher.

Application: To apply please send the following materials in pdf format using the online application form by February 16, 2024:
1) Curriculum vitae
2) Statement of Purpose (1,000 words limit, double-spaced) that explains the parameters of your dissertation and how it will benefit from your research in Rome.
3) Research schedule for the fellowship (1 page).
4) Letter of reference from your advisor (sent separately to Please combine all of your application materials except for the reference letter into a single PDF.

Applicants will be notified about the outcome approximately three weeks after the deadline. The organizers anticipate to award up to ten (10) fellowships for the 2024-2025 cycle.

Please contact Michael Skalski ( at the Office of Grants & Fellowships with any questions.

Originally published by Costanza Montanari at on January 31, 2024.