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 the application form for the Nanovic Institute's undergraduate research assistant program. The Nanovic Institute is currently accepting applications for undergraduates to work on the following project: 

Public Art as Protest and Resilience during the War in Ukraine

This is a paid research opportunity that seeks to document and examine the role of public art projects, including on social media, during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This project will help students develop experience conducting research, curate a public-facing project, and learn more about the importance of art during times of war. This project will begin on December 19, 2022 and end on January 16, 2023. We will hold a preliminary research meeting the week of final exams. Applications are due Sunday, November 27, 2022 by midnight.

This is an opportunity for students to:

  • Learn more about the war in Ukraine and the connections between art, warfare, and protest.
  • Gain experience conducting research using social media.
  • Collaborate with students from the Ukrainian Catholic University.
  • Expand their ability to critically analyze information from multiple sources.
  • Have the opportunity to present their research to their peers and create a public-facing project.

Please contact Dr. Abigail Lewis (alewis26@nd.edu) or Student Programs Assistant Director Anna Dolezal (adloezal@nd.edu) with any questions.

Welcome to the Nanovic Undergraduate 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 Director Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu or 574-631-8326. Application deadlines and eligibility for AY 2022-23 are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 11:59 pm: Research Grants (Juniors and Seniors only)
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:59 pm: Research Grants (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:59 pm: Research Grants (Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors)
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 11:59 pm: Research Grants, Internship Grants (First Years, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors)

Note, due to the volume of applications received, applications will only be reviewed after these deadlines.

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 Director Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu or 574-631-8326.   Note application deadlines for AY 2022-23 are as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation, Advanced Language Training
  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023, 11:59 pm: Academic Year Travel and Research, Conference Presentation
  • Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 11:59 pm: Summer Travel and Research, Conference Presentation, Internship & Service, Advanced Language Training, Dissertation Fellowship


Note, due to the volumes of applications received, applications will only be reviewed after these deadlines. 

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies invites proposals from faculty members at institutions in the Catholic Universities Partnership to virtually host a Notre Dame faculty member for a lecture or series of lectures. The Institute is accepting proposals for lectures in Fall semester 2022 as well as for the Spring semester 2023.

This grant is designed to connect faculty members at Notre Dame and at Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP) institutions virtually, enabling Notre Dame faculty members to share their expertise with students at CUP institutions, enhance collaborations across universities, and enrich classrooms on both sides through academic exchange. The grant is designed to support specific classes or broader academic programs for either a single lecture or short series of lectures. The goal of this grant is to foster close relationships between our CUP faculty and Notre Dame faculty and bring closer our U.S. and European partners through mutual academic exchange.

For questions, please contact Research Program Coordinator Bruna Celic, bcelic@nd.edu with any questions.

The application cycle for lectures that will take place in the Fall 2022 semester will close July 18, 2022.

Who can apply?

Full-time faculty members at CUP universities may apply for the grant. To apply, interested CUP faculty members must submit their grant proposals through the Nanovic Institute’s Submittable application portal. Grant proposals are reviewed by a committee and decisions are generally communicated within three weeks after the deadline. Applications involving more than one CUP institution are welcome.

Awards

This is a competitive grant with a limited number of awards. In gratitude to the Notre Dame faculty member, grants will provide a modest contribution to their research account: $150 for a 45-minute lecture or $250 for a 90-minute lecture that would include questions and discussions. Applicants may design and apply for a single lecture or a series of up to three lectures by the same Notre Dame faculty member, for a maximum total transfer of $1,000 (for four, 90-minutes sessions).

How to Get Started

  • Applicants should have in mind both a specific class or group of students as well as a target subject of the lecture or series of lectures.
  • Applicants should then consider and contact a Notre Dame faculty member to inquire of their willingness and availability to offer a lecture or lectures before applying; such inquiries should note that payment is only available if the grant application is successful and transfers would be made after the lecture(s) are delivered. The topic should be refined and coordinated through communication and collaboration between the applicant and the Notre Dame faculty member. Preference will be given for applications that request lectures by Nanovic Faculty Fellows.
  • Applicants should include with the application a copy or excerpt of the correspondence showing the Notre Dame faculty member’s willingness to offer the lecture.
  • Applications should note whether or not the applicant and faculty member wish to record the lecture for future use. (There is no preference for recording, the application should simply explain any plans for future use of the recording, if any.)

Award Expectations and Requirements

  • The CUP Faculty Grant provides Honoraria in consideration of the time that a Notre Dame Faculty member provides a lecture or lecture series (at most 4) to a Catholic University partner.
  • In gratitude to the Notre Dame faculty member, grants will provide a modest contribution to their research account: $150 for a 45-minute lecture or $250 for a 90-minute lecture that would include questions and discussions. Applicants may design and apply for a single lecture or a series of up to three lectures by the same Notre Dame faculty member, for a maximum total transfer of $1,000 (for four, 90-minutes sessions). Transfers will be made in one sum at the conclusion of the final lecture.
  • Submit an end of project report. All awardees at partner universities are required to submit a short final report that should include the date the lecture or lecture series took place, the number of attendees, course feedback, and impact. Awardees may include any other information they believe is relevant to the project.

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments from the past year as part of our annual Faculty Fellows Gallery, which will be held on Wednesday, April 27 (with a rain date of Thursday, April 28)!

If you have any questions, please contact Grant Osborn, associate director, by phone at 1-3545, by email at gosborn@nd.edu, or by appointment. Thank you!

Nomination Form for the 2024 Humanities cycle (for books published in 2021 and 2022) 

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. 

Non-returnable copies of books nominated for the Laura Shannon Prize must be submitted to the following address:

Laura Shannon Prize
Nanovic Institute for European Studies
1060 Nanovic Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556-7000 USA

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, 2023.  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 Associate Director Grant Osborn (1-3545, gosborn@nd.edu).

Welcome to the Nanovic Grant Application portal. If any questions arise while you are completing this application, please contact Student Programs Assistant Director 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.

 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