The mission of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is to enrich the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.

To pursue its mission, the Institute works to promote European studies at Notre Dame, transform its undergraduates, professionalize its graduate students, foster its interdisciplinary faculty research, and build its international network.

Now in Nanovic Hall on Notre Dame Avenue, the Nanovic Institute has entered a second decade of exciting growth as part of Notre Dame’s new Keough School of Global Affairs.

Welcome to the application for the Nanovic Institute's Diplomacy Scholars program. The Nanovic Institute’s Diplomacy Scholars Program is a new and innovative offer that seeks to provide a select group of undergraduate students with the skills necessary to be effective diplomats working to advance the common good in the world today. The program will provide basic theoretical background, but will emphasize practical aspects of diplomacy in dialogue with experienced diplomats. 

By applying to this program the Nanovic Institute expects that you are willing to commit to the 1.0 credit course, Deep Dive into Diplomacy, as well as additional outside of class activities during the occasional evening or weekend. The course will culminate in a two week "diplomacy tour" in Europe in early June 2022. Full details on the course and additional expectations will be provided to those accepted. The Nanovic Institute will cover all fees associated with the course and its external activities. 

The application will close on Monday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m. and late applications will not be accepted. Students will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the application deadline. 

Welcome to the application for the Nanovic Institute's Serving (in) Europe program.

This program seeks to engage students in the essential humanitarian work being done in Europe today through eight week internships with partners at Caritas Europe. Placements will be made with Caritas Armenia, Caritas Sofia (Bulgaria), Caritas Ukraine, and Caritas Ambrosiana (Italy). Projects include working with Caritas on program monitoring and evaluation, education, working with migrant and refugee populations, and elder-care programs. 


By applying to this program the Nanovic Institute expects that you are willing to commit to the 1.0 credit course, Serving (in) Europe Pre-Departure Seminar, as well as a reflection retreat upon the completion of your service. The Nanovic Institute will cover flights, lodging, and modest living expenses while students are working in Europe.


The application will close on Monday, November 1 at 11:59 p.m. and late applications will not be accepted. Students will be notified of their acceptance within two weeks of the application deadline. 

Graduating seniors are not eligible for this program. 

Nomination Form for the 2023 History & Social Sciences cycle (for books published in 2020 and 2021) 

Carrying a prize of $10,000, the Laura Shannon Prize is awarded annually to the author of the best book in European studies that transcends a focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about contemporary Europe as a whole.

Each year, the Laura Shannon Prize will be given for a book published in one of two alternating fields: 

I. Humanities
Philosophy, Theology, Cultural Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, and the Arts.

II. History & Social Sciences
History, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Law, Psychology, and Anthropology.

Rules and Eligibility

  • Only publications in English are eligible.
  • Books by current Notre Dame faculty members are not eligible for the Laura Shannon Prize.
  • Authors may only win the Laura Shannon Prize once.
  • Books on single countries will be considered so long as they have clear implications for thinking about Europe as a whole.
  • Translations, anthologies, textbooks, self-published books, memoirs, fiction, poetry, screenplays, performances, posthumous works, edited collections, and books published in previous editions are ineligible. Critical editions are eligible.
  • Multiple-author works, but not edited collections, are eligible.  If a multiple-author book wins, the Prize money will be distributed equally among the authors, unless the authors unanimously agree otherwise.  One author must visit Notre Dame to lecture and accept the Prize, as detailed below. 
  • Publishers may nominate up to three (3) books per imprint for each year’s competition and may submit rationales, reviews, and other relevant information for each entry. Authors may nominate their own books. Each nomination should be submitted with a completed nomination form and two (2) non-returnable copies of the nominated work. The nominating publisher or author also agrees to submit an additional six (6) books upon request if the nomination makes it to the shortlist in the review process.

Publication dates are determined by the date the book is published, not the copyright date printed in the book.

A nominated book shall qualify for the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies only if:

  • The author is informed that, if selected, he or she must present an original lecture at the University of Notre Dame and participate in events related to the award ceremony. The Nanovic Institute will provide the author with travel and accommodations. The lecture may also be published by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.
  • The publisher or author agrees to submit an author’s photograph and biography and an image of the book cover, with permission to use them in promotional materials, if the author’s book makes the final short-list of books for the Laura Shannon Prize.  Publishers agree to exercise their best efforts to sticker copies of the winning book (stickers will be provided by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies).
  • The publisher and author agree that the decisions of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies will be final as to all matters, including eligibility, timeliness, and compliance with procedures and selection criteria.

Jury

The winning book is selected by a final jury of five eminent scholars in European studies, three of whom will be prominent scholars serving at institutions other than the University of Notre Dame. The jury will be announced along with the winner.

Acceptance and Lecture

To receive the prize and its cash award, the author must deliver an original lecture at the University of Notre Dame in the fall of the award year.  This lecture may be published by the Nanovic Institute for European Studies.

To nominate a book for this prize and to agree to the above terms, click next.  You will need information about the book, the author (address, contact information), the publisher (address, contact information), and reviews to attach (optional).  If you have all the information available the form should take 5 minutes to complete.

Information collected on this form may be used in promotional and other materials in connection with the Laura Shannon Prize in Contemporary European Studies. Contact information for the author and primary publisher are required on this form.

Nomination forms for this history & social sciences cycle of the Laura Shannon Prize must be submitted by February 15, 2022.  Books may arrive within a reasonable time after this deadline. If you have questions about the delivery of the review copies or if they have been back-ordered, please contact LSPrize@nd.edu to address your situation.

Only applications submitted through this website will be considered. 

Applications may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed by a selection committee in the weeks that follow each grant deadline. Grant deadlines and additional information on grant opportunities available may be found on the Nanovic Faculty Grants webpage.

For more information, contact the Assistant Director by phone at 1-3545, by email at gosborn@nd.edu, or by appointment.

Welcome to the Nanovic Undergraduate Grant Application portal. If any questions arise while you are completing this application, please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu or 574-631-8362. Remember that you can save your progress in the application and return at a later time, if needed.

Welcome to the Nanovic Graduate Grant Application portal.  Remember that you can save your progress in the application and return at a later time, if needed. Once you complete the application and submit it, you will not be able to go back in to make any changes. If any questions arise while you are completing this application, please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu or 574-631-8326.


Note application deadlines for AY 2021-22 are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation 
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation, Advanced Language Training 
  • Tuesday, February 1, 2021, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation
  • Tuesday, April 5, 2021, 11:59 pm: Summer Travel and Research, Conference Presentation, Internship & Service, Advanced Language Training
  • Tuesday, April 26, 2021, 11:59 pm: Dissertation Fellowsship

Welcome to the Nanovic Undergraduate Grant Application portal. If any questions arise while you are completing this application, please email Anna Dolezal, Assistant Manager of Student Programs or at 574-631-8362. Remember that you can save your progress in the application and return at a later time, if needed.

Note application deadlines for AY 2021-22 are as follows: 

  • Fall Travel and Research Grants: September 14, 2021, 11:59 p.m.
  • Winter Travel and Research and Advanced Language Training Grants: November 16, 2021, 11:59 p.m
  • Spring Break Travel and Research Grants: February 1, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
  • Summer Travel and Research, Advanced Language Training, and Internship and Service Grants: April 5, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

 Europe Responds to the Migration Crisis: the Case of Germany

This course will provide an opportunity for students and faculty to explore various aspects of Germany’s current policies toward refugees and immigrants.  In Berlin, the group will meet with federal, state and local governmental officials,  civil society groups, and representatives of international organizations.  The issues to be explored include: Germany’s policies toward asylum-seekers, the relationship between these policies and the European Union, policies to integrate refugees and migrants into German society, and the political impact of these policies. 

The on-site Berlin seminar is designed to assess the efficacy of current policies, and identify best policy practices going forward. Includes two pre-departure sessions (one planning session, one webinar), and 5-7 follow-up sessions during the first half of the spring 2022 semester, culminating in a poster exhibit to disseminate our findings. 

Please submit your application no later than Monday, November 1 at 11:59 pm. 

Nanovic Institute for European Studies