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; internship work for a non-profit organization or NGO; enrollment in an academic or language program that would not be possible through existing Notre Dame arrangements; or other creative forms of experiential education.

Alexandria Kristensen Cabrera


Students interested in this award must meet the following criteria:

Students selected for the program will begin preparing for their summer experience through a series of orientations with the Institute.

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 Assistant Director Holly Rivers (hrivers@nd.edu/1-6023).

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.

  1. POLS 30807 (IDS 30536) Research Methods for Fieldwork in the Developing World, taught by Prof. Jaimie Bleck. (spring semester only)

  2. Research Workshops provided by the Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) are offered to strengthen research proposals. See http://cuse.nd.edu/ to learn the details.

2015 Deadline: Friday, February 27