Notre Dame theology major John “Jake” Grefenstette ’16 has been named a Yenching Scholar at Peking University in Beijing. The globally competitive award provides Grefenstette with a full scholarship and stipend to pursue an interdisciplinary master’s degree in China studies. He is one of just 125 students—from 40 countries and more than 80 universities worldwide—to join the second cohort of Yenching Scholars.
CUSE December/Winter Break/January Grant Application Deadline is October 31
- The deadline to submit grant applications to CUSE for projects starting in December or January (including Winter Break) is October 31 at midnight. Please review our grant policies and submit your application on time in order to be considered for funding.
Applications Available for National Fellowships for Seniors & Alumni
- Rising seniors and alumni should check out the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Yenching Academy, both of which support postgraduate study. The NSF GRF deadlines fall in the last week of October, and the initial Yenching Academy deadline is in mid-November.
Applications Available for National Fellowships for First-Year Students, Sophomores & Juniors
In February of 2016, two CUSE Sorin Scholars, Lily Kang (2016, information technology management and sociology) and Ian Tembe (2017, chemical engineering and philosophy) came to the office to discuss an idea for a project - they would ask graduating seniors and Notre Dame alumni to write letters addressed to their freshman selves and would publish them in an anthology. With the support of CUSE, Dean Hugh Page and First Year of Studies, and many other groups on campus, Ian and Lily were able to collect 65 letters and work with Corby Publishers to produce "A Letter to my Freshman Self: Domers Reflect on their Undergraduate Experience, which was published in June 2016,
The Udall Scholarship supports sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated the potential to make significant contributions to the fields of the environment, tribal health care, or tribal governance. Scholars receive up to $5000 in educational expenses, access to the extensive Udall Alumni Network, and participate in an orientation during which they extend their professional networks, develop new skills, and interact with other scholars and alumni.
The Boren Scholarship provides up to $20,000 to support study abroad outside of North America, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand that includes studying a language crucial to U.S. national security. Boren Scholars are required to seek employment in the federal government for at least one year after the completion of their education.