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.

This is 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 two projects: 

The Faith and Freedom Project

The project explores the role of faith-based actors, especially the Catholic Church, in creating and sustaining economic, political and religious freedoms in Central and Eastern Europe after 1989.

We intend to answer three questions: (1) What is the role of religious faith in resisting the restrictions on freedoms through communist regimes? (2) What is the role of faith in shaping the transition from communism to a free market system? (3) What is the role of faith in developing sustainable entrepreneurship in three post-communist countries?

These conversations are part of wider conversations about the relationship between the Church and capitalism, the different interpretations of “freedom” (both in a religious and in a non-religious context), the contribution of religions to building vibrant civic societies.

The research would include a review of relevant literature and media analysis, possibly in cooperation with our partner Universities in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine.


The Humanities and Policy Initiative

 There are many ways questions of policy and topics in the humanities intersect: the ethics and politics of memory, for instance. How should we deal with monuments of the past? How should we remember the Holocaust? There was a huge debate in Berlin about the Holocaust Memorial, its site, its design, its dedication, its budget – where should the monument be – in a concentration camp site or in Berlin? Should it be an abstract monument or not? Should it be dedicated to all the victims of the holocaust or the Jewish people who were murdered? What should be the budget for the monument?

These are policy questions where policy makers have to make decisions. But these decisions cannot be made without engaging with history, philosophy, art and design, cultural studies, religious studies…

The Nanovic Institute will start a new initiative to explore the role of the humanities in the realm of policy and politics. Language matters in diplomacy, culture matters in lock down decisions, history matters in inter-state relations.

The research would involve working with appropriate case studies (toppling of statutes, for instance) and a review of the relevant literature.


After you have submitted your application the Institute will be in touch with next steps including a conversation with project/initiative directors.  If you have questions about these projects or the application process please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu. 

Welcome to the European Virtual Internship Registration Form. This form is required for students seeking to register for EURO 35150. Internships are organized through the Dublin and London Global Gateways. If you have questions about this course or the form please contact Student Programs Assistant Manager Anna Dolezal (adolezal@nd.edu). You can save this form and return to it at any time. Please note the deadline to complete this form and register for the course is February 10, 2021. 

Nomination Form for the 2022 Humanities cycle (for books published in 2019 and 2020) 

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, 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 four (4) books upon request if the nomination makes it to a certain stage in the review process. Final proofs are acceptable.

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 humanities cycle of the Laura Shannon Prize must be submitted by February 15, 2021.  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.

Please check the Faculty Grants webpage for updates.

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 Graduate Research Resources 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 email Student Programs Assistant Manager, Anna Dolezal at adolezal@nd.edu or call her at 574-631-8326.

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 that the Nanovic Institute is not accepting applications for grants involving international or domestic travel for the fall semester. The application deadline for winter break grant applications is October 13, 2020. The Institute will yield to all continued University guidance regarding international and domestic travel, as such, any awards for winter break travel are tentative. 

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

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 call her at 574-631-8362. Remember that you can save your progress in the application and return at a later time, if needed.


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