Joint Fellowships

The Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative, the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame, and the Center for Civic Innovation are inviting applications from outstanding recent PhD graduates to pursue research and training in the expanding area of sustainability at the University of Notre Dame. 

We envision research to broadly fall within the intersection of environment, energy, and sustainable regional systems. The proposed project should utilize the local region near the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Elkhart) as an area of study, while incorporating environment or energy policy that is broadly applicable. In addition to funding, an undergraduate research team will be available to the postdoctoral fellow and be guided by the Center for Civic Innovation.

The fellowships will be awarded for one year with the opportunity to renew for an additional year. We anticipate making two awards.


  • Proposed research must fall within the research areas of environment, energy, and sustainable regional systems, such as food, energy and water systems.
  • Candidates must have a PhD in a relevant field before beginning their appointment and should have received their PhD within five years of starting the fellowship.
  • Candidates must secure a commitment from a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame to serve as a mentor and also cover a minimum of 20% of the fellowship support. Assistance in identifying a mentor can be provided.


The fellowship provides up to 80% of a competitive annual salary and benefits. There is also an annual travel allowance to present research. The fellowships are for one year, with a second year renewal based on a satisfactory progress review.


Applications will be accepted until both fellowships are filled. Materials for consideration should be submitted to Ginger Sigmon at

Proposal Length: Up to three pages in total

Each proposal must include the following items in the order listed:

  1. Title, applicant contact information and faculty mentor contact information.
  2. Description of research activity and/or question to be addressed.
  3. Importance, interdisciplinary, and potential impact of research activity. Please comment on why this unique opportunity is of interest to you, such as interest in community engagement or experiential learning. 
  4. Approach and methods or other appropriate narrative to describe research activities.
  5. Goals and mechanisms for translational outcomes, including scholarly products, management/policy, and new proposals.
  6. Project activity timeline, including deliverables.  Please include start and end dates and any interim dates of importance.
  7. Brief budget details of current funding and information on salary cost-share.
  8. Literature cited.