University Presidential Fellowships in Humanities and Social Sciences

For its humanities and social science students, the University of Notre Dame Graduate School recognizes outstanding performance in undergraduate studies as well as promise in graduate studies and professional life with its University Presidential Fellowships. Open to both U.S. citizens and international students, University Presidential Fellowships offer students full tuition and a generous stipend of $26,500 on a 12-month basis, for up to five years. In addition, the University covers the full cost of its health insurance premium for Presidential Fellows.


Meet a University Presidential Fellow

Alex Dukalskis

Alexander Dukalskis, in the Ph.D. in Peace Studies program, is interested in transitional justice with a particular focus on courts and truth commissions, oppression, totalitarianism, and genocide.

Before coming to Notre Dame, Alex studied in South Korea on a Fulbright grant. He then worked with the Open Society Institute (OSI) and the International Debate Education Association (IDEA) on promoting debate and open discourse around the world and, more recently, on implementing projects giving youth small grants for social change. He has worked in countries in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Before beginning his doctoral program at Notre Dame, Alex earned a master’s degree in human rights from the London School of Economics.

”I chose to study at Notre Dame because I found the explicit synergy between peace studies and political science in the Ph.D. in Peace Studies program to be a valuable approach to studying many of the problems in which I am interested. The inter/multidisciplinary approach is important. The problems that we study do not respect disciplinary boundaries, so restricting our study of them within narrow disciplinary norms means that we may be missing important insights.”