Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellowships in International Peace Studies
Each year, the Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program brings outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame for a semester or a full academic year. The Institute particularly seeks scholars who will actively integrate their research with ongoing Kroc research initiatives.
How to Apply
Applicants must have completed a doctoral, or equivalent, degree (with the exception of the Alumni Visiting Research Fellow). If you are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, you must have completed your doctoral degree before the beginning of the fellowship. If you have been a Kroc Visiting Research Fellow, please wait seven years before applying again.
Fellowships begin at the start of the University of Notre Dame’s fall or spring semester (August or January) and can run for one semester or a full academic year. Junior (untenured) fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior (tenured) fellows receive $30,000 per semester. Housing is provided in furnished Institute apartments at no cost. Fellows have library and internet access and document retrieval services.
Please note that applications for general research fellowships are now closed. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open September 1, 2021, and are due by January 1, 2022.
A complete application consists of (note that requirements for the Alumni Visiting Research Fellowship differ):
- The Visiting Research Fellows Application Form
- A research project proposal (maximum 10 pages) that concisely describes the basic elements of your research project (sources, data and analysis), a timetable, and expected products. Please include a bibliography listing citations relevant to your proposed research. Your project proposal should indicate which fellowship you are applying for: Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding; Peace Accords Matrix; International Mediation; or Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement.
- An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
- Two letters of recommendation
A Kroc Institute faculty committee reviews the applications and makes all selections. Selection criteria include evidence of academic excellence; clarity of the link to existing research emphases; and anticipation of participation in the intellectual life of the Institute.
Visiting Fellow Openings for 2021-22
Gender, Intersectionality, Conflict, and Peacebuilding
The Kroc Institute invites scholars with significant experience conducting research on the intersection of gender, race, class, conflict, and peacebuilding to apply for a Visiting Research Fellowship.
We are especially interested in proposals that:
- Take an interdisciplinary approach and employ qualitative, participatory, and/or feminist methodology;
- Address issues that include masculinity, identity, power, representation, or intersectionality with race, ethnicity, and/or class, and conceptualize gender-based violence to include structural violence and marginalization; and
- Demonstrate clear connections to peace studies and add value to existing expertise at the Kroc Institute on topics including social change, development, transitional justice, and religion.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research in intersectionality and conflict/peacebuilding.
Peace Accords Matrix
The Kroc Institute’s Peace Accords Matrix (PAM) program is a unique source of qualitative and quantitative data on the implementation of comprehensive peace agreements. One of PAM’s central initiatives is the Colombia Barometer Initiative, which is entrusted with the responsibility for technical support and monitoring of the implementation of the 2016 Colombian peace accord.
Applications should indicate how the candidate's research will utilize and contribute to PAM. Preference will be given to visiting scholars who undertake research on the spatial dimensions and patterns of territorial implementation of peace agreements, as well as scholars focusing on the Colombian case.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing PAM research.
In 2018, the Kroc Institute established a mediation program that focuses on international mediation, preventive diplomacy, and national dialogue in high-intensity conflicts. The Institute invites scholars with significant research experience in this area.
The fellow will undertake their own research consistent with this focus and will provide research support to the program director.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the planned research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research in the field of international mediation. Post-doctoral scholars are particularly encouraged to apply.
Violence and Systemic Racism in Policing and Law Enforcement
The Kroc Institute is committed to addressing the problem of systemic racism in the United States and beyond. We would therefore welcome a visiting scholar who does research on the problems of violence and systemic racism in policing. Applications should indicate the candidate's prior research on this topic, and should include a research and dissemination plan for deepening understanding of the problem and possible solutions.
The candidate should offer a clear and concise description of the planned research project, its significance, why the Kroc Institute is an ideal place for the researcher to complete a fellowship, and how the project will contribute to and build on existing research in the field of violence and systemic racism in policing.
Kroc Institute Visiting Research Fellowship for Alumni, 2021-2022
The Kroc Institute invites peace studies alumni who have graduated prior to 2010 and hold an advanced degree to apply for a one semester (fall or spring) visiting research fellowship at the Kroc Institute. This fellowship is intended for alumni who have pursued careers as peacebuilding practitioners and who seek time to reflect on and write about their work while in residence at the Institute.
The successful applicant will be expected to be involved in the intellectual life of the Institute, including presenting their research to Kroc faculty and students through a public lecture, and to produce a publishable written work that brings to bear their practical experience in conversation with innovative peace research in their field.
Applicants should submit a five-page research proposal on any topic in the broad field of strategic peacebuilding that includes research design, literature review, and the potential contribution of their research and writing to scholarship and practice in peace studies and other relevant fields.
Please note that applications are now closed. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will open September 1, 2021, and are due by January 1, 2022.
If you have further questions about the application process, please contact: Lisa Gallagher, (574) 631-8500, firstname.lastname@example.org