FAQ

5+1 FAQ

  • How do I qualify for the 5+1 Fellowship?
    • Either graduate in May, or complete Graduate School’s requirements for degree by the August graduation deadline set by the Graduate School, before what would otherwise be your 11th semester (aka after 5 years)
  • I’ve signed my letter of intent/ indicated my interest to the Dean’s office. What now?
    • Keep in close contact with your department’s graduate coordinator. They will process your appointment packet and help arrange your teaching if necessary
    • If you wish to design your own internship, draft a proposal and send it to Jenny Petersen (jpeter24@nd.edu) for approval
    • Stay on track to have your dissertation submitted in time for either May or August graduation
  • What are the details of a 5+1 appointment?
    • Your title will be “Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar”
    • Your appointment dates will be from August 1 - May 31
    • All fellows must take on a faculty mentor in their home department
    • Funding
      • 5+1 Fellows are paid $26,000 for the academic year (9 months)
      • Fellows also have access to $1,500 in Professional Development funding (p. 114)
        • Access to Professional Development funding for 5+1s is contingent upon the completion of a 1:1 meeting with Graduate Career Consultant Erik Simon (eriksimon@nd.edu) during a fellow’s appointment
      • With questions on what expenses qualify as Professional Development, please reach out to Jenny Petersen (jpeter24@nd.edu)
  • What will my duties and responsibilities during my 5+1 Fellowship be?
    • All fellows will either teach two 3-credit courses during their appointment (1:1), teach one 3-credit course and take up an approved internship for one semester or take up a full year internship with an approved teaching component.
    • Teaching
      • All fellows must work in some instructional capacity during their appointment.
      • Teaching plans must be approved before appointment packet is submitted
      • Teaching load can be no more than 2 courses per year (a 1:1 schedule)
      • Teaching MUST be at the University of Notre Dame or at a pre-approved affiliate University or local program
      • Alternate opportunities for instruction must be approved by the Associate Dean for Social Sciences and Research
    • Professional Internships
      • Prospective fellows must apply for internships in a competitive process.
      • Opportunities will be advertised on the 5+1 website and through direct mailings
      •  Applications will be submitted directly to internship directors/ coordinators
  • Can I design my own internship? From whom do I need approval?
    • YES! You will be asked to draft a proposal including a detailed mentoring plan and teaching component. Once complete, You will need approval from:
      • Your Department Chair
      • The Associate Dean for the Social Sciences & Research & The Associate Dean for the Humanities & Faculty Affairs
      • Please note that all internships must take place at the University of Notre Dame or at a pre-approved affiliate University or program
  • I held a premium fellowship as a graduate student; will my 5+1 pay be higher as a result?
    • NO, unless you are a Notebaert fellow. Student success before conferral of degree has no bearing on postdoctoral stipend levels with the exception of the Notebaert fellowship, which has a guaranteed sixth year of funding.
  • Will I be responsible for paying a portion of my own health insurance?
    • YES. The university subsidizes the cost significantly. 5+1 Postdocs are full-time paid appointments and are eligible for staff benefits, including health insurance. Incoming postdocs should work with HR to determine their benefit elections. Information on available benefits can be found HERE.
  • Do I have to start paying my student loans?
    • Probably. Because you will no longer be a student, most lenders require repayment to begin 6th months after degree conferral. Please check with your specific loan provider for repayment details.
  • What is Onboarding, and do I have to participate?
    • Onboarding is an informational session designed to educate new staff and guide them through their first week, month, and ongoing tenure within the University. The graduate administrator for your home department will sign you up for onboarding which you must complete in order to be eligible for university benefits
  • I am here on a visa, how will that be affected by my joining the 5+1 program?
  • I thought I would qualify for the program and am scheduled to teach a class, but I didn’t submit my dissertation in time. Do I still have to teach the course I am signed up for?
    • YES. You will be paid the ABD adjunct rate of $4,000/3 credit hour course
  • Where will I work? Will I be assigned dedicated office space?
    • Department Chairs are responsible for assigning departmental office space
    • Library carrels and shared office space are available by request. Please reach out to Jenny Petersen to make arrangements (jpeter24@nd.edu)
  • Who is available to help me while I am in the program?
    • Your Department Chair
    • Jenny Petersen (Senior Administrative Coordinator, A&L Dean’s Office- jpeter24@nd.edu)
    • James Brockmole (Associate Dean for the Social Sciences & Research- jbrockm1@nd.edu)
    • Margaret Meserve (Associate Dean for the Humanities & Faculty Affairs- meserve.1@nd.edu)
    • Erik Simon (Graduate Career Consultant- eriksimon@nedu)