Special Endowed Fellowships: Deans' Fellowships

As do all the Graduate School’s prestigious fellowships, Deans’ Fellowships recognize outstanding performance in undergraduate studies as well as promise in graduate studies and professional life. Each year, approximately six entering doctoral and master’s students are named Deans’ Fellows and receive stipends that are significantly higher than the standard University stipend.

Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, doctoral students named Deans’ Fellows will receive a 12-month $26,500 stipend (or more in some departments); master’s students receive a 9-month $15,000 stipend. Tuition scholarship support varies by program, and is awarded by the program.

These fellowships are one of the many ways Notre Dame works to promote diversity among its graduate students. The fellowships are open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents in any division of the Graduate School who are first-generation, low-income college students and/or who are African American, Asian American, Hispanic, or Native American. Participants in Ronald E. McNair programs across the United States will automatically satisfy these eligibility requirements.


Meet Two Deans’ Fellows

Jason Grant

After completing a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Jason Grant joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering as a graduate student in the Computer Vision Research Lab (CVRL).

“Research in the CVRL centers around biometrics recognition. Working with Prof. Patrick Flynn, I have conducted studies on face recognition of identical twins, clustering of face images to group similar ethnicities, genders, and illumination conditions, and have recently began work on activity and action recognition.”

“Initially, I was drawn to Notre Dame for the University’s prestige and the department’s strong presence in the field of biometrics and computer vision. Of all the schools to which I applied, Notre Dame was unique in presenting me the opportunity to develop professionally as a graduate student. Since joining Notre Dame, I have interned at a major corporation and taught in the First-Year Engineering Teaching Apprenticeship Program.”

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Mary A. Shiraef is a Ph.D. student in political theory and comparative politics. She is a first-generation student and the first woman in her family to complete college. Her work focuses on hermeneutic philosophy, educational theory and the politics of intersectionality. She completed a Master’s degree with Distinction in International Relations at the University of St. Andrews on philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer and the use of Platonic dialectics for democracy and international politics.

Her academic interests are primarily within comparative political theory, and her research and work experience spans across many countries and regions, including the EU, India and Southeast Asia. Following the completion of her B.A. from Emory University, she taught high school History, Politics and English Literature at a boarding school near Bangalore for children from the Dalits caste. She has studied Ancient and Modern Greek as well as Thai, and she has published two pieces on Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America and another on the rise of far-right extremism in Greece.