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

1999–2016

  1. University of Notre Dame – 57
  2. Harvard University – 31
  3. Princeton University – 27
  4. University of Chicago – 21
  5. Washington University (St. Louis) – 21
  6. Dartmouth College – 17
  7. Georgetown University – 17
  8. University of Pennsylvania – 16
  9. Columbia University – 15
  10. Brown University – 15


Fellowships Awarded to Liberal Arts Faculty at
Leading Private Research Universities

1999–2014

  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.


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