Kellogg Developing Researchers Program

Interested in Developing Your Research Skills?

Apply for the new Kellogg Developing Researchers Program at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Attend workshops to develop your research skills and become eligible to be a paid research assistant on short term projects for a Kellogg faculty member. Just want to improve your research skills to develop your own research project? This program is right for you.

Eligibility: 2nd Semester First Years, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies announces the full launch of its new Kellogg Developing Researchers Program to provide undergraduate students the opportunity to develop their research skills and gain real world experience assisting faculty on short term research projects. Selected students will gain research skills by participating in a variety of quantitative and qualitative workshops and trainings. (A minimum of 3 will be required each semester.) Students will also be placed in a research assistant pool available to be matched with Kellogg Faculty Fellows looking for research assistance on short term projects. This program is designed to cultivate student research skills and knowledge with the goal of preparing students to do research on their own and/or with faculty across campus. Students will also be better prepared to write individual research proposals.

KDR students have received fellowships and awards such as the Critical Language Scholarship through the US Department of State and the Phi Beta Kappa Key into Public Service. See the full list of award recipients.

Fall 2023 Application Deadline: Thursday, September 7



Students will have the following opportunities upon acceptance into the program:

  • Participants will attend a “What is Research” talk led by a Kellogg Faculty Fellow
  • Participants will gain research skills and experience by participating in workshops and trainings across campus (a minimum of 3 will be required)
  • Participants will be placed in a research assistant pool and will be considered for short term research projects of Kellogg faculty as they come in on a rolling basis
  • Participants selected to complete research for faculty will be paid for their research
  • Participants can renew for this program on a semester by semester basis as long as they meet the requirements of the program (as explained in orientation).



To apply for the Kellogg Developing Researchers Program, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Be in good academic standing
  • Submit all required application documents by the deadline

Students will be required to attend an orientation as well as a talk on “What is Research?,” in addition to participating in at least three (3) trainings or workshops during the semester. 




Students who would like to apply for this program should have an interest in developing their research skills. 

To apply for the Kellogg Developing Researchers Program, please go to the online application page. (Link will be available early fall 2023.) You can login to the application system using your Notre Dame credentials.

When you log in, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • A short essay (1 page, double-spaced, 12pt. font) explaining your interest in the Developing Researchers Program and how your involvement will support your academic goals.
  • An e-transcript - Please be sure to include current courses. (Click here for instructions on requesting an e-transcript.)
  • A résumé  - Please attach a current resume or CV
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member who can speak to the academic strengths, maturity and drive of the applicant. Please request your letter from your recommender several weeks ahead of the deadline.
  • Application Questionnaire 
    • Includes:
      • Self-assessment of skills and research knowledge
      • Relevant courses taken
      • Workshops and/or trainings
      • Employment
      • Availability

Fall 2023 Application Deadline: Thursday, September 7


In order to renew to be in the program, you need to be in "good standing" and met the minimum requirements of the program the last semester you participated in KDR.

Renewal Due: Friday, May 5, 2023

To fill out Renewal for fall 2023 Click here

For Faculty

Faculty Fellows of the Kellogg Institute can request an undergraduate student from this program to serve as a short term paid research assistant. 

If interested, a faculty member should send the following information to Holly Rivers

  • a brief description of their research project 
  • a list of skills the researcher would need to be successful
  • how many estimated hours the student researcher needs to work to complete the project
  • Orientation - Thursday, January 19, 6:30-8pm
    C103 Hesburgh Center for International Studies
  • Kellogg Developing Researchers Program Meeting - Monday, February 1, 6:30pm
    Auditorium Hesburgh Center for International Studies
What is Research?
Kellogg Visiting Fellow and Notre Dame alumna Katherine Bersch will join undergraduate students to talk about “What is Research” and answer questions that they may have regarding their research.
Students of the Kellogg Developing Researchers Program are expected to attend and all students are welcome.
Thursday, February 16 at 6:30pm
C103, Hesburgh Center for International Students
  • Kellogg Developing Researchers Program Meeting - Thursday, March 30, 6:30pm
    Location: TBD


Students of this initiative are required to complete at least three trainings/workshops each semester. Information regarding workshops around campus can be found here.


Submission of Skills Requirement Form (training and workshop information ) - Due Friday, May 5, 2023
  •  To fill out the Skill Requirement Form  Click here
(You can fill the form out in part and save to submit when all training is completed.)