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Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships

The Kellogg Institute offers the opportunity for Notre Dame freshmen and sophomores to engage in initial exploratory projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East. The award funds exceptionally qualified and committed undergraduates who seek to undertake innovative projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. These may include research, non-profit work, or other activities that will increase their commitment to and knowledge of one of the regions. Award recipients may receive up to $5000 to pursue field projects for up to three months in the chosen region.

Students interested in this award must justify their project as something that will substantially deepen and enrich their undergraduate experience and must show that this project is something that is otherwise not possible within existing Notre Dame programs. Student projects might include exploratory research for senior theses, area studies essays, or international scholars research; collaborative research with a professor; research work for a non-profit organization or NGO; or other creative forms of experiential education.

Miles Wood

"These experiences have pushed me in ways I couldn't have imagined. At times, they can be very difficult, frustrating, or confusing, but they are absolutely worth it. I'm now searching for MD/MPH programs with the specific criteria that they provide students with the opportunity to propose and undertake research projects in developing countries, as early as the first year, due (in no small part) to the fact that ETWs have played such an essential role in my undergraduate experience."

- Daniel Olivieri '18 (Science-business)


Students interested in this award must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Have taken at least one course at Notre Dame related to the proposed region of the project and/or demonstrate prior interest in the region.

  • Demonstrate adequate language skills to carry out the proposed project.

  • Applications should indicate how the proposed project will deepen the student's exposure to Africa, Asia, Latin America or the Middle East and contribute to the student's long-term plan of study.

Click here for a list of organizations that students have worked with in the past.

Note: This list is not meant to be comprehensive; students are welcome to propose other organizations with which to work.

All students planning to apply for an Experiencing the World Fellowship should meet with Holly Rivers or Rachel Thiel to ensure that their proposal idea meets the requirements of the fellowship.

Students selected for the program will begin preparing for their summer experience through a series of orientations with the Institute. Failure to attend orientations in full will result in cancellation of the award.

Upon their return, each recipient will submit a detailed report of approximately 1,000 words which evaluates the challenges and rewards of pursuing the field project and which discusses how the experience informed their understanding of the region. Recipients may be invited to make a public presentation on their field experience and talk to other students interested in applying in the future.

To apply for a fellowship, please go to our application page.

For questions about this program, please contact Associate Director Holly Rivers (

Research Assistance

Students are strongly encouraged to seek guidance when planning their proposals and preparing to carry out their research. The following are some available options here on campus.

  • SOC 30952 (IDS 30600) International Research Design, taught by Erin McDonnell

  • POLS 30807 (IDS 30536) Research Methods for Fieldwork in the Developing World

  • It is strongly recommended that students attend a grant writing workshop offered by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE). See to learn the details.

2018 Deadline: Monday, February 26




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