Two Kellogg-affiliated graduate students are among a dozen University of Notre Dame students who have been selected by the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study (NDIAS) and the Graduate School for a new program.

The NDIAS-Graduate School PhD Fellowship Program aims to accelerate students' dissertations, develop their research communication skills, and cultivate professional and scholarly networks, all within the context of a vibrant and supportive intellectual community.

The Kellogg-affiliated students are:

Doctoral Student Affiliate Melissa Coles, a graduate student in the Department of History who studies sacred places, popular religion, and interfaith dialogue in North America in the 20th century.


PhD Fellow Luiz Vilaça, a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. His work focuses on anti-corruption reform, institutional change, and the effects of corruption investigations on public opinion and voting behavior.


Each graduate fellow in the program is pursuing research on a topic related to the nature of trust, the organizing research theme of the NDIAS for 2020-2021. The 2020-2021 fellowship class represents a range of disciplines.