The 5+1 fellowship is a fully funded transitional year that provides new Ph.D.s an ideal opportunity to prepare for an increasingly competitive job market. Fellows are encouraged to tailor the experience to their individual interests and can choose from a wide array of professional development activities. 

Many Ph.D. graduates use the fellowship year to revise their dissertations, further their research, publish work in academic journals, present papers at conferences, and expand their teaching portfolios, making them better candidates for entering the professoriate. 

“Our 5+1 program sets Notre Dame apart for its dedication to reducing time to degree and ensuring that our Ph.D.s are well positioned for postdoctoral success.” —John McGreevy, Former I.A. O'Shaughnessy Dean of the College of Arts and Letters. 

Postdoctoral fellows in the program may obtain a professional internship on campus or abroad. These placements should be especially interesting to students who are considering whether full-time teaching and research within the academy is the career path for them. 

“The fellowship year offers students the chance to reflect on the Ph.D. journey and re-imagine the course forward. I hope it will become the most creative and life-changing year in a person’s graduate career.” — Professor Jon Coleman, Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History