The Environmental Change Initiative provides faculty with several opportunities to seed research and promote new, or strengthen existing collaborations in order to extend ND-ECI’s research vision.

Annual ECI Call for Proposals:

  • Up to $80,000 available for seeding research & collaborations
  • Regular ND faculty from any department are eligible to apply
  • View the RFP - Due April, 19, 2017

ND-GAIN Faculty Involvement Grants:

  • Up to $100,000 for seeding climate adaptation research & collaboration
  • Competitive proposals model the social or physical consequences from climate change under differing conditions of human social adaptation
  • RFP closed for 2016 - Stay tuned for future RFP details
  •  Fall 2016 Receipients: Debra Javeline & Tracy Kijewski-Correa "Coastal Homeowner Adaptation to a Changing Climate: A Study of Risk Awareness, Risk Reduction, and Resilience"


ND-ECI also provides opportunities for postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate students through fellowships, stipends, research support, and academic credit.

Postdoctoral Researchers

There are no Post-Doc opportunities at this time. Please check back soon! 


ND-GAIN Data Summer Internship 

  • The student will locate, collect and organize data and will work with the program director, research scientist and data scientist
  • Experience with large data sets and data mining is desirable
  • Preference will be given to students able to come into the office at Notre Dame during the summer, but remote applicants will also be considered
  • Please send a resume and brief cover note to nambrosi@nd.edu by Friday, April 21stView full description

ND-LEEF Graduate Student Research Grants: 

  • $1,500 to support research at ND-LEEF (aquatic or terrestrial)
  • Research proposals for the 2017 field season are due Friday, March 3rd. View RFP
  • For questions about research and funding at ND-LEEF, contact Brett Peters.

REACT Program: 

The REACT (Rapid Exposure to Advanced Computational Training) Program is designed to support PhD students hoping to gain external training in computational tools and techniques.

  • Up to $1,500 to cover student tuition, registration, room and board to attend nationally-recognized workshops that provide the training in the latest computational approaches. REACT does not cover research expenses or travel costs 
  • The student's advisor/PI must be a member in good standing with either ND-ECI, the Eck Institute for Global Health, or Notre Dame’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility. Students should check with their advisors if they are unsure
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis and funds will be dispersed until they run out

For more information, visit the REACT website.

ND-ECI Undergraduate Fellowships: 

  • Up to $1,000 for stipend or supplies to support undergraduate environmental change research (land use, climate, biodiversity, hydrology, etc.)

  • Projects much be developed and executed under ther mentorship of a Notre Dame graduate student, postdoc or faculty member from any department

  • Project ideas can be submitted throughout the 16-17 academic year. Please email Joanna McNulty with a paragraph description of the project

University of Notre Dame undergraduates are able to participate in research with ECI faculty from a variety of different disciplines for academic credit. Undergraduates interested in participating in research with ECI affiliated faculty should contact the individual faculty member.

Additional environmental student research opportunities:

Associate Professor Nitesh Chawla works with a student