Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Visiting Research Fellowships at University of Notre Dame


The Kroc Institute’s Visiting Research Fellows Program seeks to bring outstanding scholars focused on peace research to the University of Notre Dame during each academic year. Fellows conduct research related to an existing Institute emphasis while fully participating in the life of the Institute.

For the 2012-13 academic year, the Institute particularly seeks applications from candidates whose research focuses on the following topics:

  1. Peace Processes: The Kroc Institute seeks applications from scholars working
on peace processes following armed conflicts. The following two themes are particularly relevant: 1) Mediation and third party involvement in peacemaking, and 2) the implementation of peace agreements, including socio-economic reforms and matters of disarmament, amnesty and war crimes. Preference will be given to scholars able and willing to make use of the Peace Accords Matrix and similar academic tools, in order to gain insights into conflict mediation.
  2. Religion, Conflict and Peacebuilding: The Institute seeks applications from candidates interested in the nexus between, religion, conflict and peacebuilding. Preference will be given to candidates working on theoretical and conceptual questions in this emerging field of inquiry, and also to candidates who are researching two areas of focus for the Contending Modernities project, namely: 1) how religions are responding to scientific research in areas affecting the understanding of what it means to be human (e.g., genetic engineering), and 2) how religions are responding to global migration and increasing pluralism in major cities.
  3. International Norms and Institutions: The Institute invites applications from candidates researching the role of international norms and institutions in the prevention of war, the promotion of human rights, and the conduct of strategic peacebuilding. How do norms spread and gain strength? What institutional structures and policies contribute to sustainable peace and human rights? Research proposals on international law or ethics, strategic peacebuilding and United Nations peacekeeping, issues of global governance, international human rights and the International Criminal Court are welcome.
  4. Countering Political Repression and Violence: 
In an effort to improve understanding of political violence and repression and resistance to these phenomena, applications are invited from candidates who focus on one or more of the following topic areas: 1) interactive group behaviors (state and non-state) and violent activities at national or sub-national levels; 2) social movements countering political repression and violence (e.g., the “Arab Spring”); 3) risk assessment and forecast; 4) territorial conflict; and 5) state repression and human rights violations.
  5. Methods of Peace Research: Applications are invited from scholars who propose methodologies and measurements that might be used to develop a more systematic understanding of peace. Scholars will be encouraged to work with ongoing efforts by Kroc faculty to develop measures of peace.

A complete application consists of:
  • the two-page application form;
  • a Curriculum Vitae;
  • a research proposal (maximum ten pages) that concisely describes the basic elements of the research project (i.e., sources, data and analysis) and specifies the link between the proposed research and the existing area of emphasis at the Institute;
  • a bibliography; and
  • two letters of recommendation.

Selection criteria include evidence of academic excellence, clarity of the link to existing research emphases, and anticipation of participation in the intellectual life of the Institute. Junior fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 per semester; senior fellows receive $30,000 per semester. Housing is provided in furnished Institute apartments at no cost. Fellows have library and Internet access and document retrieval services.

Application Form

Applications for residence in 2012-2013 must be received via email by December 15, 2011. Only applicants at the post-doctoral (junior) and senior scholar level will be considered. Fellowships begin at the start of the University of Notre Dame’s semester and can run for one semester or an academic year. Results will be announced by March 1, 2012. If you have further questions about the application process, please contact:

Anne Riordan, Visiting Fellows Manager

Phone: (574) 631-9370

Applications and letters of recommendation should be submitted to the Visiting Fellows Manager by email.

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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