Postdoctoral Scholars and Research Visitors

The School of Architecture periodically hosts postdoctoral scholars and non-faculty research appointees, such as visiting Ph.D. students.  While in residence at the School, these individuals may conduct faculty-led research or independent scholarship, enhance their education and professional training, and discern future career paths in accordance with School of Architecture guidelines.  Through research assistance, lectures, and workshops, they also make important contributions to the intellectual life of the School.

Each postdoctoral scholar and non-faculty research appointee must have a Notre Dame Architecture faculty advisor.  In exceptional cases scholars may work with multiple faculty members but such arrangements require clear articulation of the purpose, structure, and schedule of the appointment. Except when faculty have research grants to support stipends, positions are unpaid.

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest to the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work Richard Economakis.  Please attach the following support documents:

  • Project description and timeline (five pages) 
  • Proposed dates of residency, including arrival and departure
  • CV and portfolio (if applicable)
  • Proof of financial support from home institution or funding agency
  • Minimum of one letter of recommendation from home institution or funding agency

Applications will be evaluated by the School’s Research Committee based on faculty advisor interest and availability, the strength of the application, and the needs and resources of the School. Final approval will be issued by the Dean of the School.

Approved postdoctoral scholar and non-faculty research appointments are then processed through the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars with support from the School of Architecture.  The Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the International Student and Scholar Affairs office will work with international candidates to determine the appropriate visa, if applicable.

Once in residence at the School of Architecture, postdoctoral scholars and non-faculty research appointees will be given building access and designated work space, if available.  They take part in the faculty meetings and are encouraged to attend School lectures and events and become active members of the Architecture community.  Per the negotiated terms of the appointment, they may be expected to lead lectures, seminars, workshops, or demonstrations for Architecture students and faculty.  

Towards the end of their period of appointment, scholars will be expected to submit a written report (maximum of five pages) of the research work conducted while in residence at Notre Dame to the Associate Dean for Research.  

Please note: The University of Notre Dame School of Architecture must be appropriately acknowledged in all media material, any published work or publicized achievement resulting from the appointment.

For more information about appointments, policies and procedures, and resources, please consult the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars.