Graduate Student Appreciation Week

More than 130 graduate students are part of the vibrant intellectual community that makes up the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. From October 1 to 5, Kellogg is honoring our doctoral fellows, doctoral affiliates, and Master of Global Affairs fellows and the important contributions they bring to the Institute as we join the larger Notre Dame community in celebrating Graduate Student Appreciation Week. 

We invite Kellogg graduate students to send photos of life as a graduate student – from attending special events and lectures to marathon study sessions – to for inclusion on our appreciation pages. 

Kellogg graduate students are warmly invited to join us at several regular and special events:
  • On Monday, October 1, Kellogg graduate students are invited to kick off the week by picking up a small thank-you gift bag in the Kellogg Institute main office at Jenkins Hall.
  • On Tuesday, October 2, please attend our regular Tuesday lecture series, where Elizabeth Sperber of the University of Denver will speak on “Patron Saints? How African Ruling Parties Cultivate New Christian Constituencies”at 12:30 p.m. in Hesburgh Center C103. Lunch is included on a first-come-first-served basis to those attending the lecture.
  • On Wednesday, October 3, enjoy coffee and doughnuts at Coffee in the Commons from 8:15 to 10 a.m. in the Kellogg Commons, 130 Hesburgh Center. 
  • On Thursday, October 4, please join us for the panel discussion “Addressing Global Challenges: Lessons from Latin America” at 4 p.m. in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. A reception will follow.  
  • On Friday, October 5, Kellogg graduate students are invited to a special Mass at 4 p.m. in All Saints Chapel in Jenkins Hall followed by a happy hour, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Hesburgh Center C102, with Kellogg staff and visiting fellows. 

Featured Kellogg Graduate Student Opportunities

Dissertation Year Fellowships

Dissertation Year Fellowships in international studies fund advanced Notre Dame graduate students in the social sciences, history, theology, and international human rights law. 

Dissertation Year Fellow Lucia Tiscornia, pictured left,  is completing her dissertation "Who Calls the Shots? Police Reform and Criminal Violence in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict" with Kellogg Institute support.


PhD Fellowships

Recipients of this competitive award receive $5,000 per year to supplement their departmental stipends, disbursed each of five years, beginning at the start of each academic year.

PhD Fellow Tomás Gold (pictured) is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright International PhD scholarship.


Research Grants

Doctoral research grants support Kellogg Institute Doctoral Affiliates involved in research in international studies addressing the thematic priorities of the Institute. 

Jelena Jankovic-Rankovic's research, supported by a Kellogg Research Grant, focuses on the complexity of migration by comparing and contrasting experiences of encamped and transitory refugees in East Africa and Eastern Europe.


Professionalization Grants

The Institute offers financial support for professional training that helps our Doctoral Student Affiliates become better prepared to enter the academic workplace.

Professionalization Grant recipient Jianyu (Will) Lu is a Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow broadly interested in development, trade, and macroeconomics. His current research studies the impact of transportation infrastructure on firm dynamics in China.


Conference Travel Grants

The Institute recognizes the importance of academic conferences and acknowledges the financial barriers that graduate students may face in attending such conferences.

Conference Travel Grant recipient Tahir Kilavuz is a Kellogg Dissertation Year Fellow and a PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science. His dissertation focuses on the factors behind authoritarian persistence and democratization in the MENA. In his broader research, he works on the causes of coups d'état, protest participation, survey analysis and democratization in a cross-regional perspective.