Contact the Team

Make an Appointment

To make an appointment with a graduate fellowship consultant directly, please schedule on our Google calendar. If you are unable to find an appointment on the calendar, please email gradgrants@nd.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

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, complete 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.

To make an appointment with a graduate fellowship consultant directly, please schedule on our Google calendar. If you are unable to find an appointment on the calendar, please email gradgrants@nd.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

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@nd.edu)

    Samantha Lee

    Samantha Lee, Ph.D.

    Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-2443
    Samantha.Lee@nd.edu

    • 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.

  • Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine)

    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine), Ph.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    All grants, especially Humanities focus, Fulbright, and dissertation fellowships

    *Appointment by email only (ksawyer2@nd.edu)

    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine)

    Kathryn Sawyer (Vidrine), Ph.D.

    Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships

    (574) 631-1713
    ksawyer2@nd.edu

    • Assist with External Grant and Fellowship Programs
    • Assist with Grant and Fellowship Selection Processes
    • Assist Students with Locating, Strategizing for, and Winning Grants and Fellowships

    Kathryn Sawyer Vidrine, Ph.D. is the Assistant Program Director of the Office of Grants and Fellowships. She obtained her Ph.D. in History from the University of Notre Dame in August 2018. Her dissertation examined how theology and belief were used in the construction of an Irish Protestant identity in the 17th century. During her time as a graduate student she won a number of grants and study abroad opportunities, including a year as a Fulbright fellow at the Institute for Reformation History in Geneva, Switzerland in 2015-2016. She works with students in all areas, with a special emphasis on Fulbright applications and dissertation completion awards.

Graduate Student Consultants

  • Trish Bredar

    Trish Bredar

    Fellowship Consultant
    English

  • Ian Campbell

    Ian Campbell

    Senior Fellowship Consultant
    Psychology

    All grants, especially NSF GRFP and Psychology

  • Warren Chatwin

    Warren Chatwin

    Fellowship Consultant
    Biological Sciences

    All grants, especially STEM

  • James Cotton

    James Cotton

    Fellowship Consultant
    Literature

    All grants, Humanities focus

  • Mauna Dasari

    Mauna Dasari

    Fellowship Consultant
    Biological Sciences

    All grants, especially STEM

  • Colum Dever

    Colum Dever

    Fellowship Consultant
    Theology

  • Christopher Flanagan

    Christopher Flanagan

    Fellowship Consultant
    History

  • Steven Lemke

    Steven Lemke

    Fellowship Consultant
    Studio Art

  • Michael McConnell

    Michael McConnell

    Fellowship Consultant
    Electrical Engineering

    STEM-focused grants and fellowships

  • Caitlin Oyekole

    Caitlin Oyekole

    Fellowship Consultant
    English

  • Natalie Sargent

    Natalie Sargent

    Fellowship Consultant
    History

    Humanities focus, internal ND grants

    *Available by Skype only
  • Cesar Soto

    Cesar Soto

    Fellowship Consultant
    English

    Humanities focus, Ford Foundation and Fulbright

  • Sarah Wright (Lum)

    Sarah Wright (Lum)

    Senior Consultant & Program Manager
    Chemistry

    STEM focus