Unpaid Research Apprenticeships
Unpaid research apprenticeship grants are for students engaging in a guided apprenticeship, externship, or practicum experience under the supervision of an approved mentor who interacts with the student on a frequent basis to discuss the student’s progress, experiences, and reflection on the activity. The student develops a working knowledge of the disciplinary literature relevant to the activity, maintains written documentation appropriate to his/her discipline, and submits a final project document that integrates the apprenticeship experience with his/her academic training. Apprenticeships can take place in a laboratory, a think-tank, or through individual work with a faculty mentor. Browse the list below to discover the centers and institutes that fund unpaid research apprenticeships.
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)
The Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement promotes the intellectual development of Notre Dame undergraduates through scholarly engagement. As part of this mission, we fund students from all year levels and colleges during both the academic year and summer for research and creative endeavors, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance and presentation, and scholarly immersion/discernment.
The Career Center
The Career Center provides undergraduate students with multiple resources to assist them in determing their career direction. As part of their mission, they provide summer funding to alleviate living costs for both paid and unpaid internships and research apprenticeships (if a student intends to pursue a career in academia).
The College of Science
The College of Science provides funding for its undergraduate students to perform academic year and summer research, research assistantships, and conference presentations. One of the spotlighted funding opportunities is the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) which provides science students the opportunity to work in labs at Notre Dame or abroad. Another prominent award, supported in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Engineering, is the Da Vinci Grant Program, which funds students for interdisciplinary research or research assistantships.
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA)
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts seeks to build, sustain, and renew faculty in the arts, humanities, and social sciences and enhance intellectual life on campus. ISLA funds undergraduates from the College of Arts and Letters for academic year and summer research, research assistantships, and conference presentations through its Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP). The institute also sponsors two special grants for undergraduates. The Social Justice in the Marketplace grant funds research and research apprenticeships on the relationship between market forces and social justice. The Sciola Grant for Undergraduate Research in Italy supports research in Italy on the impacts of Catholic tradition on Italian artistic culture.
The First Year of Studies (FYS)
As part of NDignite, The First Year of Studies funds both academic year and summer research and creative endeavors, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance and presentation, language study, and scholarly immersion/discernment to introduce first-year students to undergraduate research at Notre Dame.
The Kellogg Institute for International Studies
The Kellogg Institute is an interdisciplinary center that supports research on democracy and human development, as well as other research themes important around the globe. As part of their Experiencing the World (ETW) fellowship program, first-years and sophomores can receive funding for summer research, research assistantships, internships, service learning, and language study. The program is intended to give first-years and sophomores the chance to engage in exploratory projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
The Nanovic Institute for European Studies
The Nanovic Institute is an interdisciplinary center that supports academic year and summer research, internships, research apprenticeships, service learning, conference attendance, and language study in Europe or about European Studies. Their European Internship & Service grants fund summer internship (or research apprenticeship) or volunteer opportunities in Europe that simultaneously allow students gain professional experience and immerse themselves in European languages and cultures.
The Eck Institute for Global Health
The Eck Institute for Global Health is an interdisciplinary center that promotes research and education on global health issues, especially those of the global poor. As part of their Undergraduate Research Support Program, Eck provides academic year funding for undergraduates to receive training from and work on research with Eck faculty members.
Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development
Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development promotes global development and human dignity by helping to build just and equitable societies. Alongside USAID, the initiative provides both academic year and summer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students to conduct research and research apprenticeships in countries where USAID works. These fellowships are mainly for graduate students, so undergraduate students need to be graduate level caliber to receive the award.
Harper Cancer Research Institute
Harper Cancer Research Institute is dedicated to research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of cancer. In conjunction with the College of Science, the institute sponsors the Research Like a Champion competition that funds scientific research or research apprenticeships for undergraduates. The competition results in an award to cover academic year and summer research expenses and projects on breast cancer are particularly competitive. Projects can be submitted from individual students, students working with faculty, or student groups.
The Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano)
The Center for Nano Science and Technology promotes multidisciplinary research and education in nanotechnology. The NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowships (NURF) provide funds for undergraduates to perform summer research and research assistantships in NDnano science and engineering labs. NURF is open to science and engineering students from all colleges and universities worldwide.
The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
The Center for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine is dedicated to the study, application, and ethics of stem cells as a treatment or cure for diseases. Through the Hiller Family Scholars program, the center provides a living stipend and research expenses for summer undergraduate research and research apprenticeships in the center's labs.
The Center for Sustainable Energy (ND Energy)
The Center for Sustainable Energy provides resources to develop energy-related research, education, and outreach for Notre Dame and the surrounding community. ND Energy supports two funding awards for academic year and summer undergraduate research, research apprenticeships, and conference presentation. The Slatt Undergraduate Research Fellowship is for students interested in energy technologies and America's energy future. The Forgash Undergraduate Student Fellowship is for students interested specifically in solar energy.
University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC)
The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center seeks to promote environmental research and education. UNDERC funds undergraduate students interested in ecological or environmental science for summer research or research apprenticeships at their Eastern campus in Wisconsin/Michigan and their Western campus in Montana. The center prefers to fund sophomores and juniors and special consideration is given to Native American and Puerto Rican students.
The AnBryce Scholars Initiative
The AnBryce Scholars Initative brings together future leaders who are first-generation college students and from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Among the many resources they provide their students, the initiative provides funds for academic year and summer research and research apprenticeships, especially projects related to senior theses.
The Glynn Family Honors Program
The Glynn Family Honors Program provides talented undergraduates special classes and mentorship from distinguished faculty. They also provide their students with both academic year and summer funding for research, internships, research assistantships, service learning, conference presentations, and language study.
The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program
The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program is a merit-based and leadership development program that brings together outstanding undergraduates who will change Notre Dame and the world. As part of the Summer Enrichment Experiences, sophomore year Hesburgh-Yusko scholars are provided funding to perform research or research assistantships with an international dimension.