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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    Joan Aldous

    Joan Aldous, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame, died Wednesday, October 29, in the Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center in South Bend, Indiana. She was 88 years old. Aldous joined the Notre Dame sociology faculty as the first female holder of an endowed professorship at a time when there were few women on the faculty. From 1976 until her retirement in 2012, she taught, studied, and wrote about family sociology, family policy, gender, work and families, and intergenerational relationships. Read More >

  • Sarah Ann Wells Explores the Dialogue Between South American Literature and Media

    Sarah Ann Wells

    Sarah Ann Wells, assistant professor of Portuguese and Spanish in Notre Dame’s Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, has long been fascinated by film and media studies and by the modernist period. Her upcoming book, Media Laboratories: Late Modernism in South America, combines these two interests. Read More >

  • Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University, to Speak at Notre Dame Forum

    Richard Brodhead, President of Duke University

    Richard Brodhead, president of Duke University, will explore “The Once and Future Liberal Arts” in a talk as part of the 2014-15 Notre Dame Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 4 in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. The 2014-15 Forum focuses on the question “What do Notre Dame graduates need to know?” Read More >

  • A Professor, His Students, and the Power of Design

    Robert Sedlack

    On the second floor of West Lake Hall, a group of Notre Dame students is making big plans. They are focused on addressing the plight of those afflicted with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. They’re even planning a trip to Johannesburg next spring to offer hands-on assistance. But these are not biology or preprofessional studies majors. They are graphic design students exploring ways to use their talents to promote awareness and prevention of HIV/AIDS. Read More >