"Scholarly engagement" refers to any activities that build on scholarship in order to engage with the world. Typical examples of scholarly engagement activities include research, internships, and service learning.
"Scholarly discernment" is the process of determining one's intellectual interests.
"National fellowships" are nationally competitive (and therefore prestigious) opportunities that provide funding in support of postgraduate study, research, or service.
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement, or CUSE, guides Notre Dame undergraduates in the process of scholarly discernment and advises them on how best to
- identify or create opportunities for experiential learning, especially research,
- secure University and external funding to support such opportunities,
- and prepare competitive applications for national fellowships,
all with the aim of transforming themselves and their communities in the pursuit of human flourishing and the common good.