Grants, Fellowships, Awards

Blake Headshot

"Through a grant-writing seminar sponsored by the Sociology department, and with the guidance and support of my dissertation chair I was able to secure a $25,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to help me fund and complete my dissertation."

Mary Kate Blake, Assistant Professor, Valparaiso University

Farrell Justin Headshot

“I received a three-year, $120,000 Environmental Protection Agency fellowship during my time at ND, which was the result of close collaboration with sociology faculty. Further, the groundwork for this large fellowship was laid through the many small grants made available internally through ongoing faculty research projects or through various departmental and University initiatives.”

Justin Farrell, Associate Professor, Yale University

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"The department, along with the Notre Dame Graduate School grants workshop, was critical to my success in securing grants. Without the structured programming and the support from faculty, I would not have received the NSF GRFP. Early on in my graduate career, I learned the importance of applying to grants. It was through this process that I mastered grant writing, which differs from writing course papers or publishable papers. 

Nicole Perez, Post-doc, University of Illinois, Chicago

 

Major External Fellowships and Grants

National Science Foundation

  • Brandon Sepulvado was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (2017)
  • Paige Ambord received an Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (2016 and 2017)
  • Megan Austin was awarded an AERA/NSF Dissertation Grant (2016)
  • Megan Rogers was awarded an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDIG) for research on religiosity among the professional middle class in China (2015)
  • Katie Condit received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for "Disability, Dropout, and Delinquency: The Individual and Contextual Interplay" (2014)
  • Daniel Escher received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for research on cultural matching and collective action in central Appalachia (2014)
  • Danielle Fulmer received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for "Mobilizing Gender for Community-Level Peacebuilding" (2014)
  • Nicole Perez received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for "Linking 'Familism’ and Peer Composition to Understanding College Enrollment" (2014)
  • Sara Skiles received an NSF Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for research on aesthetic taste expression and symbolic boundary work (2012)
  • Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for research on how human rights interventions affect local norms and practices (2011)
  • Daniel Escher received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for "The Erosion and Reclamation of Civil Society: Coal Mining in Appalachia” (2011)

Fulbright

  • Katie Comeau was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in Jamaica (2017)
  • Leslie MacColman was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in Argentina (2017)
  • Leslie MacColman was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) Fellowship for her dissertation research in Argentina (2017)
  • Brandon Sepulvado was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund his dissertation research in Paris (2016)
  • Stefanie Israel de Souza was awarded the Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in Brazil (2015)
  • Megan Rogers was awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to fund her dissertation research in China (2015)

William T. Grant Foundation

  • Mary Kate Blake was awarded an Improving Education and Reducing Inequality in the United States Grant from the Russell Sage Foundation and William T. Grant Foundation (2018)
  • Mary Kate Blake was awarded a W.T. Grant Foundation Officers' Research Grant for her dissertation (2016)

Other Major Fellowships

  • Stefanie Israel de Souza was awarded a Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (2017)
  • Brandon Sepulvado was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship (2017)
  • Leslie MacColman was awarded a USAID - Notre Dame Global Development Fellowship for research and technical assistance to the Honduran Fund for Social Development (2016)
  • Shanna Corner was awarded a 2015 Joseph H. Fichter Grant from ASR (Association for the Sociology of Religion) for dissertation research (2015)
  • Stefanie Israel de Souza was awarded the SSRC International Research Dissertation Fellowship for her work in Brazil (2015)
  • Megan Rogers was awarded the NSEP Boren Fellowship for her dissertation research in China (2015)
  • Megan Rogers was awarded the Confucius China Studies Joint Research Ph.D. Fellowship (2015)
  • Cole Carnesecca was awarded a Nippon Foundation Inter-University Fellowship for research in Japan (2013)
  • Justin Farrell was awarded The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowship (2012)
  • Justin Farrell received a Louisville Institute Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2012)

Major University Awards

Shaheen Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

  • Dustin Stoltz received Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award for Outstanding Graduate in the Social Sciences from the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame (2020)
  • Marshall Taylor received the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award for Outstanding Graduate in the Social Sciences from the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame (2019)
  • Justin Farrell received the Eli J. and Helen Shaheen Award for Outstanding Graduate in the Social Sciences from the Graduate School at the University of Notre Dame (2014)

Kellogg Outstanding Doctoral Student

  • Stefanie Israel de Souza received the Kellogg Institute Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student Contributions (2019)
Michael Rotolo Winning An Asa Award

Paper Awards

  • Luiz Vilaca’s paper "Beyond Elites and Movements: Subterranean Activism and Anti-Corruption Reform" won the SSSP 2020 Conflict, Social Action, and Change Paper Award (2020)
  • Abigail Jorgensen received the Gender Studies Programs's G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Prize (2019)
  • Michael Rotolo received the American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Religion Student Paper Award Honorable Mention (2019)
  • Daniel Escher was awarded "Best Dissertation" from the ASA section on Collective Behavior and Social Movements (2016)
  • Kevin Estep was awarded "Best Student Paper" from the ASA Latina/o Sociology Section (2016)
  • Megan Austin was awarded the Maureen T. Hallinan Student Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association (2015)
  • Danielle Fulmer was awarded the G. Margaret Porter Graduate Writing Prize in Gender Studies (2015)
  • Joe Workman was award the Maureen T. Hallinan Student Paper Award from the American Educational Research Association (2013)
  • Justin Farrell won the Marvin E. Olsen Student Paper Award from the American Sociological Association’s Environment and Technology Section for “Moral Outpouring: Shock and Generosity in the Aftermath of the BP Oil Spill” (2012)
  • Michael Strand won the Hacker-Mullins Award from the American Sociological Association’s Science, Knowledge, and Technology Section for “Where Do Classifications Come From?” (2011)
  • Daniel Escher won Best Student Paper from the Panel Study on American Religion and Ethnicity (PS-ARE) for “Revisiting Risk Preference Theory: Can It Explain the Sex Difference in Religiosity?” (2010)
  • Brandon Vaidyanathan, Michael Strand, Austin Choi-Fitzpatrick, and Thomas Buschman received an Honorable Mention for the Shils-Coleman Award from the American Sociological Association’s Theory Section for, “Causality in American Sociology” (2010)

Graduate Fellowships Internal

  • Eve Bjerre was awarded the Nanovic Dominica and Frank Annese Dissertation Fellowship (2020)
  • Şehrazat Mart was awarded the Nanovic Institute's Graduate Fellowship (2020)
  • Shanna Corner was awarded a Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI) Global Religion Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Brandon Sepulvado was awarded a Nanovic Institute Dissertation Fellowship (2017)
  • Matthew Chandler was selected for the Steven D. Pepe Ph.D. Fellow in Peace Studies (2016)
  • Megan Rogers was awarded a Kellogg Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship (2016)
  • Shanna Corner was awarded a Kellogg Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship (2015)
  • Stefanie Israel de Souza was selected as a 2015-2016 USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellow (2015)
  • Deborah Kwak received a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant to do fieldwork in Mindanao (2015)
  • Mike Penta was selected as a 2015-2016 USAID-Notre Dame Global Development Fellow (2015)
  • Mike Penta received a Kellogg Graduate Research Grant to do research in Brazil (2015)
  • Hilary Davidson was awarded a University Writing and Rhetoric Graduate Dissertation Fellowship and the University of Notre Dame Institute of Advanced Studies Dissertation Fellowship (2014)
  • Meredith Whitnah was awarded a Kellogg Institute Dissertation Year Fellowship (2013)
  • Ana Velitchkova was awarded the Dominica and Frank Annese Fellowship in Graduate Studies from the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (2012)

Teaching Awards

  • Abigail Jorgensen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2020)
  • Kayla Pierce received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2019)
  • Leslie MacColman received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2018)
  • Abigail Jorgensen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2018)
  • Shanna Corner received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2017)
  • Abigail Jorgensen received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2017)
  • Stefanie Israel de Souza received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2016)
  • Jade Avelis received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2015)
  • Ana Velitchkova received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2014)
  • Melissa Pirkey received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2013)
  • Ellen Childs received the Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Kaneb Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Notre Dame (2011)