Your Research Matters, You Matter
At the heart of the Graduate School lies our driving conviction: Your Research Matters. It is through your research that you feed your passion, assert your originality, and demonstrate your academic gifts. With robust expertise and a hunger for discovery, you will accomplish extraordinary things—while asserting individuality and leaving your mark on the world.
Passionate researchers at Notre Dame eager to develop expertise and discover will find state-of-the art facilities and resources at their fingertips. From the Hesburgh Libraries to the Harper Cancer Research Institute to the Turbomachinery Laboratory and more, our learning centers are staffed by accommodating experts eager to help students marshal resources towards powerful results. And our diverse intellectual community will not only enable students to think more broadly and produce multi-faceted work, but also will support student wellness and celebrate successes along the way.
We know our students have unique and concrete visions for changing the world. Our goal is to provide a holistic apparatus from which they can pursue these visions. Our emphasis on promotion, for example, encourages students to extend their research into public contexts, broadening their capacity to discover through interaction with other audiences, languages, and cultures. Our focus on well-being fosters positive work environments and helps students approach their daily lives with creativity, determination, and confidence.
Backed by a powerful team of experts, the mission of Hesburgh Libraries is "to connect people to knowledge across time and space. It is the library’s job to acquire, preserve, organize, and steward this knowledge in a way that makes it accessible for study by all scholars throughout time. To this end, the Hesburgh Libraries contributes to the mission of the University by providing distinctive collections, expertise, services, and spaces that enhance teaching, learning, and research for and in collaboration with the University community."
The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) awards funding that enables liberal arts students to learn, teach, and research outside of the University. The Office of Grants and Fellowships can help students develop competitive applications to win funding from ISLA.
The Center for the Study of Languages and Culture (CSLC) offers several opportunities for students hone communication skills by learning and teaching foreign languages. The CSLC's English for Academic Purposes, for example, offers English support for international students. Additionally, students can participate in the CSLC's courses, workshops, peer tutoring, and language tables, which provide fun, unstructured conversations in a variety of languages.
ND Research supports and encourages innovation in more than twenty core facilities, as well as in a number of key areas of research, including cancer, environmental change, global health, and many more, with faculty finding their homes in one of Notre Dame’s seven colleges or schools. Their services support ethics training by providing compliance training and guidelines.
Based in the Office of the Provost, the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) is a university-wide organization that partners with faculty to create digital content that is rooted in the science of learning, enhanced by existing and emerging technologies, and anchored in our commitment to an unparalleled experience for students and instructors.
Formed in collaboration between Notre Dame and Indiana University School of Medicine, the Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute dedicates itself to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer. The programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinary cancer research by promoting interactions among research groups with distinct expertise and by training early career scientists to work across scientific fields. Clinical partnerships provide key translational insight and strengthen the mission of discovery.
The IDEA Center is a collaborative hub dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. It provides space, services, and expertise for students and faculty to pursue creative and technological advances, commercial application of academic ideas, business formation, prototyping, and entrepreneurial education.
The McGrath Institute for Church Life partners with Catholic dioceses, parishes and schools to address pastoral challenges with theological depth and rigor. By connecting the Catholic intellectual life to the life of the Church, they form faithful Catholic leaders for service to the Church and the world.
Postdoctoral scholars on campus serve as leaders in their departments, setting positive examples for undergraduate and graduate researchers. Notre Dame is dedicated to supporting these campus leaders through the efforts of the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs, which provides programming, networking opportunities, fellowship, and special events for postdocs. Qualified candidates should also consider joining the Office's Moreau Faculty Development Program.
Located at Ignition Park in South Bend, Indiana, USA, NDTL's 28,000-square-foot facility offers capabilities for the development of rotating machinery that requires high power levels and related specialized support. These capabilities create a shorter development path for new gas turbine engine technologies within any industry. NDTL is currently involved in research and product development for a variety of sponsors and collaborators including Pratt & Whitney, General Electric, Honeywell, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co. Ltd., and Williams International.