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First Year Research Program

This page was last updated on February 1, 2017.

Want to get involved in undergraduate research?

Each year, the First Year of Studies sponsors funding and learning opportunities for first-year students interested in undergraduate research. This funding opportunity is designed to introduce you to research at Notre Dame and to the support our schools, colleges, centers, and departments provide for undergraduate research.


The First Year of Studies provides fellowship support for independent research, scholarship or creative endeavors conducted outside of regular course work.

Students are encouraged to apply for support from other Notre Dame funders whenever possible; the First Year of Studies will share costs with these entities. Possible additional funding sources include:

  • The Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE)
  • The Kellogg Institute for International Studies
  • The Nanovic Institute for European Studies
  • The Glynn Family Honors Program
  • The Balfour-Hesburgh Scholars Program

Requirements for Applicants:

  • Only current first year students are eligible to apply.
  • Students who demonstrate financial need will be given priority.
  • Students are limited to one First Year Research Ignition Fellowship per academic year.

Funding Limits:

The First Year of Studies limits fellowship awards to a total of $1,000. Grant money will be awarded as reimbursement for expenses.

Proposal Deadlines:

All proposals will be reviewed in accordance with the following deadlines.

December 1, 2016 at 1midnight

Projects that will start during Winter Break/ Early Spring Semester 2017

February 3, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Projects that will start during Spring Break/ Late Spring Semester 2017 / Summer Semester 2017

April 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

Projects that will start during Summer Semester 2017

Applications are due NO LATER THAN midnight on listed deadline if they are to be reviewed. These deadlines apply to all fundable projects. To apply, go to

Students applying for funding through other funding entities should be aware those deadlines may be different than First Year of Studies deadlines.

To Learn More:

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Sean Wernert, First Year advisor, by email at

Detailed Guidelines for Applicants

You might also be interested in taking a First Year of Studies one-credit course:

FYS 10406: Introduction to Research Process at Notre Dame

Course Description:

This course is designed to introduce undergraduates to the intellectual work that scientists/ scholars undertake at the University and explain and teach ethical principles and research procedures. It encourages students to explore and conduct independent research, scholarly projects, and creative enterprises in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, engineering, physical, and life sciences. Classes are designed as workshops to prepare students to apply for and participate in undergraduate research opportunities at Notre Dame.

Talk to your First Year advisor if you are interested in taking FYS 10406.

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