Applications Open for 2024 University Of Notre Dame Peace Studies Scholarships

University Of Notre Dame Peace Studies Scholarship at the Kroc Institute empowers students to become outstanding scholars and teachers who contribute to a growing body of peacebuilding knowledge and practice with the goal of addressing violence and alleviating human suffering.

The peace studies curriculum is blended with traditional humanities and social science fields to produce a unique framework of study for each student. Students can also take advantage of several research opportunities at the Institute and throughout Notre Dame.

For study and classroom work, Ph.D. students in peace studies select one of the following disciplines: anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology.

Scholarship Details:

At the Notre Dame Graduate School, we are the home of academic excellence driven by the conviction that your research matters. We are here because of the discoveries you will make. We are here because of the innovations you will create.

Upon graduation, students are fully trained and equipped for a wide variety of scholarly, teaching, and professional careers, including:

  • Interdisciplinary academic positions;
  • Positions requiring expertise in the peace and conflict subfields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology; and
  • Scholar-practitioner roles in intergovernmental, governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.

Type: Masters, PhD

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Value & Duration of Award:  Full Scholarships, Monthly Stipends, Accommodation

All admitted students receive a full tuition scholarship, generous stipend (Cost-of-living in South Bend), health insurance, and additional funding for conference travel and research activities.

Eligible Countries:  All Countries

Eligibility: To be considered for the SCHOLARSHIP, you must:

  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, domestic or international, to be eligible for admission to a graduate program at the University of Notre Dame.
  • It is also anticipated that applicants will have related training or research experience in the joint area to which they are applying.
  • Previous graduate work is not required except in the case of Peace Studies and Theology for which a master’s degree in theology is required.
  • Prospective students interested in a master’s degree in peace studies should explore the Master of Global Affairs in International Peace Studies program.

How To Apply:

The statement of intent (maximum 1,000 words) should describe your areas of interest and experience as explicitly as possible and also list the faculty with whom you wish to study. The statement will be considered both by the Kroc Institute Doctoral Admissions Committee and by a committee or faculty representative from the joint department. Please address both your interest in peace studies and in the discipline of the partner department in your statement.

The writing sample must be original and must demonstrate your abilities in writing, analysis, and peace research. It should be your best piece of academic writing. If you are sending a portion of a larger work (for example, a senior or master’s thesis), please provide a 250-word abstract explaining the entire piece and its reasoning. Samples of writing should be in English.

All applicants must submit the Graduate School Application for Admission online. All required materials must be uploaded to the application; no paper materials will be accepted for consideration. A limited number of fee waivers are available to select applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Peace Studies. To request a fee waiver, please complete this form.

Required Documents: The Graduate School Application for Admission requires the applicant to provide the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Statement of intent;
  • Writing sample;
  • Names and contact information for three recommenders;
  • Unofficial transcripts from prior institutions or in-progress degrees;
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score – General Test required for all areas except Anthropology and Psychology (Fall 2023 cycle);
  • TOEFLT or IELTS score for international applicants only.

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