Recruiting rising-sophomore undergraduates for the Ethics Research Fellowship

Author: Pauline Namuleme

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As a key component of the Notre Dame Ethics Initiative, we are excited to announce the call for applications for joining the Undergraduate Ethics Research Fellowship (ERF) program for the 2024-2025 academic year. The ERF program exists to form great ethics researchers at Notre Dame–individuals passionate to engage the most pressing ethical questions with cutting edge research. The program is for 10 Notre Dame sophomores majoring in either the humanities or social sciences, and who are seeking an interdisciplinary community for building a research project that directly contributes to a key ethical debate. In the ERF program, students

  • Receive targeted training and coaching for identifying and planning an actionable 2-3 year undergraduate thesis project that contributes to the scholarly discourse in their field of interest

  • Participate in interactive weekly ethics research seminars that familiarize students with central ideas in contemporary moral theory while helping them apply these theoretical insights to the nuanced ethical questions that emerge in their home discipline

  • Globalize the scope of their project through taking a funded fall-break research vision trip, visiting a variety of research centers, institutes, and archives in a foreign country

  • Are matched with a faculty mentor in their home discipline to work as a paid research apprentice during second semester

Interested Notre Dame first-year students (rising sophomores) should apply here by the end of April 4, 2024. We will be holding an optional walk-in information session on the ERF program on March 21 from 6pm-7:30pm in the Champions of Diversity Room (2nd floor, Lafun).

For more information, check out the ERF website and video. If you have any questions about this opportunity or application process, please don’t hesitate to contact Jeff Tolly (, as he’d be happy to answer any questions over email or coffee.