Grogan Summer Fellowship

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2020 Grogan Fellowship: Call for Proposals

The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) is pleased to announce the 2020 Grogan Fellowship to support two Notre Dame undergraduate students for a 6-8 week internship developing a public health campaign focused on the production of a video promoting the removal of asbestos due to its connection to the cancer mesothelioma. The internship will be connected with the law offices of T.M. Johnson in Chicago, IL, during the summer of 2020. Students will live and work in the city for the duration of the internship.

The focus of the internship is the creation of a short video that tells a  persuasive story with the intent to convince large corporations, major refineries, powerhouses, and industrial facilities, to remove damaged and deteriorated asbestos from their industrial worksites. Asbestos continues to plague major U.S. industrial job sites and exposes new generations of workers to carcinogens associated with asbestos disease, including mesothelioma.

Grogan Fellows will investigate HOW to frame this problem to industrial business owners so that they will be convinced to remove asbestos from their facilities.  Fellows will review historical documents, medical, scientific, and financial data, legal depositions and testimony, and meet with physicians and asbestos workers in order to produce a three-to-five minute persuasive video that will be used to educate the public and promote awareness among corporate decision-makers about the continuing crisis of asbestos exposure at U.S. industrial facilities. Additional media pieces, such as infographics or storyboards, may also be produced as part of the campaign, time permitting.

The Grogan Fellowship will provide funds to cover all direct expenses associated with the internship, including travel, room and board, and necessary video equipment, as well as a $4,000 stipend. 

This Fellowship is open to all majors, though it may be of particular interest to students in Film, Television, & Theatre, Collaborative Innovation, Art, or Design. Experience with video or documentary filmmaking and film editing is preferred, though not necessarily required.  Applicants should be sophomores and juniors with prior experience with research and/or creative projects. Students participating in the Bengal and Baraka Bouts boxing programs are especially encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply for the “Grogan Fellowship for Mesothelioma Research” through Applications must include:

  • A 4-5 page proposal (double-spaced)
  • A resume or CV
  • Contact information for three Notre Dame references

The proposal should address: 1) any relevant skills and previous experiences with research and/or creative projects, especially those related to this Grogan Fellowship project; 2) why you are interested in this specific opportunity (personally, academically, and/or professionally); and 3) how this experience will propel you forward in your academic/professional trajectory and goals.

The deadline for submission is March 6, 2020. If you have any questions about the Grogan Fellowship, please contact CUSE at .

Revised: 1/22/2020