2024 University Of Notre Dame Peace Studies Scholarships

The Kroc Institute’s University of Notre Dame Peace Studies Scholarship enables students to become excellent academics and instructors who contribute to a growing corpus of peacebuilding knowledge and practice with the purpose of resolving violence and reducing human suffering.

The peace studies curriculum is blended with traditional humanities and social science fields to produce a unique framework of study for each student. Students can also take advantage of several research opportunities at the Institute and throughout Notre Dame.

For study and classroom work, Ph.D. students in peace studies select one of the following disciplines: anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology.

Scholarship Details:

We are the home of academic achievement at Notre Dame Graduate School, driven by the idea that your research matters. We’ve arrived because of the discoveries you’ll make. We’ve come because of the innovations you’ll develop.

Students graduate fully prepared and equipped for a wide range of scholarly, teaching, and professional vocations, including:

  • Interdisciplinary academic positions;
  • Positions requiring expertise in the peace and conflict subfields of anthropology, history, political science, psychology, sociology, or theology; and
  • Scholar-practitioner roles in intergovernmental, governmental, or nongovernmental organizations.

Type: Masters, PhD

Application Deadline: December 15, 2023

Value & Duration of Award:  Full Scholarships, Monthly Stipends, Accommodation

All admitted students receive a full tuition scholarship, generous stipend (Cost-of-living in South Bend), health insurance, and additional funding for conference travel and research activities.

Eligible Countries:  All Countries

Eligibility: To be considered for the SCHOLARSHIP, you must:

  • Applicants must hold at least a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, domestic or international, to be eligible for admission to a graduate program at the University of Notre Dame.
  • It is also anticipated that applicants will have related training or research experience in the joint area to which they are applying.
  • Previous graduate work is not required except in the case of Peace Studies and Theology for which a master’s degree in theology is required.
  • Prospective students interested in a master’s degree in peace studies should explore the Master of Global Affairs in International Peace Studies program.

How To Apply:

The statement of intent (maximum 1,000 words) should explicitly identify your areas of interest and experience, as well as mention the professors with whom you intend to study. The statement will be reviewed by the Kroc Institute Doctoral Admissions Committee as well as a joint department committee or faculty representative. In your statement, please mention both your interest in peace studies and the discipline of the partner department.

The writing sample must be single-authored and should demonstrate your skills in writing, analysis, and peace research. It should represent your best sample of academic writing. If you send part of a longer work (for example, a senior or master’s thesis), please include an abstract of no more than 250 words describing the whole piece and its argument. Writing samples should be in English

All applicants must submit the Graduate School Application for Admission online. All required materials must be uploaded to the application; no paper materials will be accepted for consideration. A limited number of fee waivers are available to select applicants to the Ph.D. Program in Peace Studies. To request a fee waiver, please complete this form.

Required Documents: The Graduate School Application for Admission requires the applicant to provide the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV);
  • Statement of intent;
  • Writing sample;
  • Names and contact information for three recommenders;
  • Unofficial transcripts from prior institutions or in-progress degrees;
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score – General Test required for all areas except Anthropology and Psychology (Fall 2023 cycle);
  • TOEFLT or IELTS score for international applicants only.

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