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
  • RFP closed for 2017 - Stay tuned for future RFP details

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

The Environmental Change Initiative at the University of Notre Dame seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join our Notre Dame Global Adaptation project (ND-GAIN).

The successful candidate will engage an interdisciplinary group of faculty to advance the understanding of climate change adaptation. A variety of research projects are possible, depending on the expertise of the selected candidate, but emphasis should be on advancing knowledge of how adaptation to climate pressures impact the human condition. For example, the researcher might examine how differences in adaptive capacity could impact crop yields or the spread of infectious disease, or alternatively, the relationship between adaptation and armed conflict or cooperation. Ultimately, the resulting scholarship, which should include peer-reviewed manuscripts and conference presentations, will inform society about the role of adapation under conditions of climate change.  

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be appointed for a one-year term, with the possibility of renewal. We invite applicants from any relevant field, including but not limited to political science, geography, environmental biology, or economics. Successful applicants will have considerable quantitative skills and interdisciplinary experience. Highly-qualified applicants should have experience manipulating large data sets or models and have a strong understanding of the linkages between theory, evidence and policy relevant inference. Some experience in seeking extramural funding is preferred. The start date is somewhat flexible but priority status will be given to candidates who are available to start as soon as possible.  

For more information about the position, contact Patrick Regan. To apply, send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references in one PDF file to ndgain@nd.edu. The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer.  Posted 8/17/17.                                  


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 closed.
  • 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