The 5+1 program allows students to spend their final graduate school years focused on their crowning educational achievement—the dissertation. Once it is complete, they can devote a postdoctoral year to professional development that will enhance their competitiveness for jobs both inside and outside the academy. The program is funded in part with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

The 5+1 Fellowship is a 10-month appointment that runs August-May. Under the program, any current graduate student in the College who completes the requirements of his or her Ph.D. program within five years is guaranteed a one-year postdoctoral fellowship with a salary, full benefits, and access to professional development funds. To qualify, a student must complete all requirements for the degree by the August graduation deadline set by the Graduate School before what would otherwise be the 11th semester of graduate study. 

Students participating in the 5+1 Fellowship can follow two tracks: teaching and research or an internship.

Please use the buttons below to find more information about the 5+1 program for the year of admission to your Ph.D. program.

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"Through the 5+1 program, I was able to spend a full academic year at Notre Dame’s London Global Gateway. I emerged with a published journal article, a professional network of scholars from institutions across the United Kingdom, a strong draft of my book proposal, and teaching experience in a unique international environment. The opportunities afforded by this fellowship were invaluable, and I truly believe they have jump-started my academic career." -- Mimi Ensley, Ph.D. in English, 3 year Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship at Georgia Tech University