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Make an Appointment

Please email to make an appointment with a graduate fellowship consultant.

Our History

In 2011, the Graduate School formed the Office of Grants and Fellowships, a dedicated office open exclusively to graduate students with the goals of enhancing student experience relative to scholarly research and merit-based grants and fellowships. Consultations with our office led to our graduate students receiving more than $6.47 million dollars in external funding in AY 2016-2017 and we are second in the nation in the number of Fulbright fellowships received.

Our Services

We offer a wide range of services to support Notre Dame graduate students as they prepare and apply for external funding. We offer individual consultations, in-depth draft reviews, and advice for crafting individual comprehensive funding development plans. Other services include proposal workshops, department-specific programming and events, and informational and peer-review sessions. Notre Dame graduate students also gain access to our large collection of successful sample proposals through contact with our office.

Our Team

Our mission is to foster Notre Dame student success: helping our students to develop transferable skills, to craft a compelling narrative, and to share their research.  We assist Notre Dame graduate students in applying and winning prestigious external fellowships and grants using a peer-mentor model comprised of our multidisciplinary fellowship advising team. Our consultants are current Notre Dame graduate students and alumni who are experienced, successful grant and fellowship writers. Our consultants will work with you one-on-one to provide constructive feedback on applications. We offer flexibility in scheduling our consultation meetings, both in-person and online. We can also help you identify potential funding, generate a funding development plan throughout your graduate studies, and produce competitive external funding applications.

Start with Sakai

Our in-person and digital consultations are designed to accompany the Sakai self-directed tutorials. The tutorials provide specific, step-by-step instructions for grant application and grant writing. Once you have reviewed the relevant tutorials, email us at to schedule an appointment. In your email, be sure to articulate your goals for the consultation.

Graduate School Staff

  • Samantha Lee

    Samantha Lee, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    All grants, especially dissertation, completion, postdoctoral, and diversity-related fellowships

    *Appointment by email only (

    Samantha Lee

    Samantha Lee, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-2443

    • Representative for Nationally Competitive Grant and Fellowship Programs
    • Manage External Grant and Fellowship Selection Processes
    • Provide Strategic Leadership in Grantsmanship
    • Guide Students in Identifying and Obtaining Successful Extramural Funding

    Samantha Lee, Ph.D. is the Program Director of the Graduate School’s Office of Grants and Fellowships at the University of Notre Dame. As the Program Director responsible for the overall management of the office, Samantha provides leadership and expertise in grantsmanship, manages several prestigious fellowship competitions, and ensures that services provided by the office reflect the priorities of Notre Dame graduate students. Samantha has over ten years of experience in grant writing, advising students across disciplines, and designing in-person and online grant writing and training curricula.  In addition to serving as a grant reviewer for federal agencies and foundations, she has helped numerous undergraduate and graduate students generate successful merit-based grant and fellowship applications.

Graduate Student Consultants