Admitted to Begin Studies After Fall 2020

The Program offers students two options: 

1. Teaching and Research Track

This track enables participants to concentrate on teaching and research in a faculty-mentored environment. Fellows will gain valuable experience in course development and preparation, knowledge delivery, classroom management, and student learning and engagement. Additionally, fellows will have time to complete ongoing research, pursue publication of scholarly work, learn new research skills and approaches, and/or undertake new research projects. This track, therefore, is best suited for students seeking careers in academia.

  • Fifth-year students should remain in close contact with their directors of graduate study in the semester before defending the dissertation. If they expect to qualify for the 5+1 postdoc, they should arrange teaching assignments well before the start of the fellowship.
  • The teaching load can be no more than 2 courses per year and must be at the University of Notre Dame or at a pre-approved affiliate University or local program.
  • Potential T&R fellows should complete an Indication of Interest Form as soon as possible in their fifth year.
  • For students admitted to begin studies in the Fall of 2020 and after, the T&R track is limited to the following programs:
    • English 
    • History
    • History & Philosophy of Science
    • Medieval Institute
    • Philosophy
    • Romance Languages
    • Theology

2. Internship Track

This track enables participants to concentrate on developing the skills and experiences needed to pursue careers outside the professoriate. Fellows take up full-time internships (40 hours/week) with partnering offices and divisions within the university as well as outside entities. As such, fellows on this track do not teach classes. 

  • Fellows seeking professional internships should apply by December of the year before the fellowship starts. Internships are competitive and placement is not guaranteed. Applicants will enter into a matching process with internship providers. Each internship establishes specific requirements and expectations for fellows. Students who do not successfully match with an internship will not be able to participate in the Internship Track (but may participate in the Teaching and Research Track instead). 
  • This track is open to all students in all doctoral programs, regardless of year of admission.


Paul BlaschkoPaul Blaschko

“The +1 postdoc has allowed me to transition professionally from graduate student to research-active Ph.D. Key to this transition was my internship, which I spent working for a research group and teaching center on campus, acquiring experience that’s been indispensable in my job search. During the internship I taught my own class, successfully proposed a book for publication with a major press, and got a job directing research and programming at a major interdisciplinary research institute. This has been a real difference-maker for me on the job market, in thinking about my career more generally, and in my development as a researcher and scholar.” —  Paul Blaschko Ph.D in Philosophy, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Philosophy, Philosophy as a Way of Life Project