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 decade, the number of faculty who have received major national fellowships in the arts, humanities, and social sciences places us among the top six 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

1999–2014

  1. University of Notre Dame – 51
  2. University of Michigan – 36
  3. Harvard University – 28
  4. Princeton University – 24
  5. University of California, Berkeley – 21


Fellowships Awarded to Liberal Arts Faculty at
Top 25 National Research Universities

1999–2013

  1. Princeton University – 190
  2. Harvard University – 185
  3. University of Michigan – 184
  4. University of Chicago – 171
  5. University of California, Berkeley – 166
  6. University of Notre Dame – 152
  7. Columbia University – 149
  8. Northwestern University – 131
  9. University of Pennsylvania – 127
  10. Yale University – 107
  11. Duke University – 107
  12. Stanford University – 104
  13. Brown University – 104
  14. University of Virginia – 97
  15. Georgetown University – 90
  16. Cornell University – 84
  17. Vanderbilt University – 76
  18. Washington University in St. Louis – 75
  19. Emory University – 74
  20. Johns Hopkins University – 58
  21. Dartmouth University – 57
  22. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 48
  23. Rice University – 42
  24. Carnegie Mellon University – 19
  25. California Institute of Technology – 14


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 Top 25 national research universities are from the U.S. News rankings (September 2003). 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


Faculty News

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    Michael Desch

    As the Islamic State extremist group, commonly referred to as ISIS, shocks the world with its brutality and takes control of more territory in the region, Michael Desch, professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame, says the U.S. should take ISIS seriously and stop its progress, but not panic. “ISIS is a serious local threat in Syria and Iraq, but does not yet pose a direct threat to the United States,” says Desch, an expert on international security and American foreign and defense policies. “While the presence of Western nationals in their ranks is worrisome, they have the greatest potential to do mischief in the weak states in the region, two of which we have created in Syria and Iraq with ill-advised policies.” Read More >

  • Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights Awarded Grant to Study Christian Persecution

    Daniel Philpott

    The University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University have been awarded a grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to study and report on the persecution of Christian communities around the world. Read More >

  • Notre Dame’s Lab for Economic Opportunities Endowed with $15 Million Gift

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    The Wilson Sheehan Foundation has made a $15 million gift to the University of Notre Dame to endow the Wilson Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities (LEO), a recent University initiative that seeks to reduce poverty in the United States.

    “We are immensely grateful to the Wilson Sheehan Foundation for a gift that supports the missions of both the foundation and Notre Dame: to be a force for good in the world,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “By endowing the work of LEO researchers, the foundation is supporting and challenging them to find enduring solutions to poverty in America.” Read More >

  • College of Arts and Letters and College of Science Launch New Major in Neuroscience and Behavior

    Neuroscience and behavior major

    Beginning in fall 2014, Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and College of Science will offer a collaborative major in neuroscience and behavior, which will include both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science tracks. Read More >