National Fellowships

Students in the College of Arts & Letters are extraordinarily successful earning prestigious national fellowships and scholarships. From 2020 to 2023, 91 scholars won Fulbrights, and through 2022, 16 have been named Rhodes Scholars.

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) offers guidance and support for students and recent alumni interested in pursuing these and other significant academic opportunities. CUSE staff members assist students with every stage of the process, including identifying relevant opportunities, preparing to apply, drafting and revising a competitive application, and practicing interview skills. To learn more, visit

Kenzell Huggins

“The Department of Anthropology at Notre Dame encouraged me to pursue research opportunities, even in my freshman year. As a result, I was better equipped with the skills to integrate various disciplines to understand complex human interactions.”

—Kenzell Huggins '16, awarded a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Chicago

Mackenzie Isaac

“I recognize and embrace the fact that I stand on the shoulders of so many, including and especially the wise and driven leaders in my hometown community. They saw — and continue to draw out — assets in me that I don’t always see in myself, and have offered continuous guidance as I explore how to put these assets to best use in service to the world. I am so excited to see how my experience as a Rhodes Scholar contributes to this ongoing journey of exploration.”

— MacKenzie Isaac ’20, Sociology major, data science and Latino studies minor, Rhodes Scholar ’22

Recent Fellowships

  • 117 Fulbright winners since 2014—most in College history
  • 14 Rhodes Scholars including back-to-back winners in 2015, 2016, and 2017
  • 7 Truman Scholars since 2010
  • 8 Marshall Scholars including two in 2019