Democracy and Human Development Fellowships, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2012.
Open to: scholars and practitioners frim any country, who conduct international research on themes of democracy and/or human development
Fellowship: tution, medical insurance, travel expences, partial housing subsidy, plus up to $1,500 of conference travel support


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies is committed to the pursuit of scholarly excellence and to value-driven research that helps to advance human welfare around the world.Two of the most critical issues facing humanity, democracy and human developmentare at the core of the Institute’s research agenda. Of particular interest are research projects that explicitly link the themes of democracy and human development.
Since 1983, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies has offered visiting fellowships to promote interdisciplinary international research in a supportive community of scholars.
This widely respected residential program offers you time to pursue scholarly inquiry where it takes you, advance your personal research, and collaborate with other scholars and practitioners from across the US and around the globe.


We invite applications from scholars and practitioners who conduct international research on our themes of democracy and/or human development.  Applicants may come from any country and typically fall into three groups:

  • Promising junior and mid-career scholars (typically postdocs and assistant or associate professors)
  • Distinguished senior scholars with an established record of scholarly excellence
  • Accomplished policy makers, journalists, and other practioners whose knowledge and experience can link policy and scholarship

Most successful applicants will hold a PhD or equivalent degree in a social science discipline or in history.

  • In exceptional cases, the Institute will support applicants with a PhD or its equivalent in other disciplines.
  • The Institute welcomes applications from eminent scholars and practioners who do not hold a PhD.
  • Advanced ABD graduate students may apply, but awards are contingent on their having completed the PhD before beginning the fellowship.

Eligibility Considerations (for non-US citizens/residents)

The following should be considered when applying for a Kellogg Institute fellowship:

  • Advanced English language proficiency is required.
  • Foreign nationals must have a valid passport and be able to obtain a J-1 Visa.


While at the Kellogg Institute, you interact with leading scholars one-on-one and through the Institute’s seminars and lectures, international conferences, roundtable discussions on world affairs, and cultural events.
The facilities at the Hesburgh Center are ideal for scholarly research.  Visiting fellows have spacious offices, on-site information technology support, personal library services through a branch of the University’s library, and use of a variety of campus facilities.
Visiting Fellowships include:

  • Stipend
  • Travel expenses
  • Medical insurance benefits
  • Partial housing subsidy for the Hesburgh Center Residences or other on-campus housing
  • Up to $1,500 of conference travel support for recipients of one and two-year fellowships


Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellowships are highly selective, with the majority awarded through our annual competition. The Institute may consider applications from distinguished senior scholars and practitioners on a rolling basis outside the competition.
A complete application consists of the following items submitted through our online process:

  1. Cover letter addressing your interest in the fellowship and specifying your preferred term of stay
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. A research project statement (6–10 double-spaced pages)
  4. In addition, three letters of recommendation, which referees must send directly to the Kellogg Institute by the deadline date.

You should also fill in the application form.
Confidential letters should be mailed to:

Visiting Fellowship Program Selection Committee
Kellogg Institute for International Studies
University of Notre Dame
130 Hesburgh Center
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5677

The deadline is  November 1, 2012.

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