Fellowship Record

The ongoing scholarship of the College’s faculty has a strong record of attracting research funding from private foundations, corporations, and the federal government. Over the past 16 years, the number of faculty who have received major national fellowships in the arts, humanities, and social sciences places us among the Top 5 private research universities in the nation. Our faculty has also had record success with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fellowships Awarded by the
National Endowment for the Humanities


  1. University of Notre Dame – 53
  2. University of Michigan – 36
  3. Harvard University – 29
  4. Princeton University – 25
  5. University of California, Berkeley – 23

Fellowships Awarded to Liberal Arts Faculty at
Leading Private Research Universities


  1. Princeton University – 206
  2. Harvard University – 198
  3. University of Chicago – 180
  4. Columbia University – 163
  5. University of Notre Dame – 161
  6. Northwestern University – 136
  7. University of Pennsylvania – 133
  8. Brown University – 113
  9. Duke University – 111
  10. Stanford University – 108
  11. Yale University – 108
  12. Georgetown University – 92
  13. Cornell University – 91
  14. Emory University – 81
  15. Washington University in St. Louis – 80

Note: All fellowship numbers are taken from the fellowship lists provided by the funding agencies. Fellowship granting agencies are those used by the National Research Council in its rankings for the humanities. The statistics include only faculty (rather than dissertation or pre-doctoral) fellowships. They also include only fellowships given to faculty in departments equivalent to those in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters (humanities, arts, and social sciences). Fellowships awarded to scientists and engineers were excluded for the purpose of comparing Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters to other universities. The Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford has not until recently made its fellowship lists public. Including those numbers could change the rankings slightly.

Research in the Humanities

Arts and Letters News

  • Anthropology Major Interns at Johns Hopkins Medical School Lab

    Andrew Flatley

    The way Andrew Flatley sees it, his liberal arts education and the work he’s done in the hard sciences are surprisingly similar. “They both, from different starting points, move toward the same goal of trying to come up with a solution that can help humanity,” he said. That sentiment was echoed in the work Flatley did this summer. A senior anthropology major, he spent 10 weeks interning at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, studying mice with Down syndrome. Read More >

  • Hope and Optimism Project Awards Nearly $2 Million to 18 Research Projects


    An interdisciplinary research collaborative between the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University has awarded nearly $2 million to 18 projects in five countries. The researchers will examine the theoretical, empirical, and practical dimensions of hope and optimism. The project, Hope and Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations, is funded through a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation and additional money from Notre Dame and Cornell. Read More >

  • Video: Cross-Cultural Leadership Program Immerses Students in Latino Communities

    CCLP icon

    The Cross-Cultural Leadership Program (CCLP) is a three-credit, eight-week summer course administered by Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. This service learning experience immerses students in organizations serving Latino communities in either Chicago, Los Angeles, or Washington, D.C. All living expenses are covered for the students during the program. “We’re able to go out into the community, speak Spanish, and really relate to the people on the ground level. I couldn’t have asked for anything better,” said Gregory Jenn, a junior political science and Romance languages major. Read More >

  • Video: Tim Brooks ’90 on the Importance of an International Education

    Tim Brooks

    Col. Paul “Tim” Brooks ’90 graduated from Notre Dame’s Army ROTC program with a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Department of Political Science. He was commissioned in 1990 as an armor officer and has served in the Army for nearly 25 years in a number of roles. He is currently an information operations officer stationed in Seoul, South Korea. Having spent much of his career overseas, Brooks believes strongly in the value of Notre Dame’s study abroad program. Read More >