Applications invited for Cushwa Center postdoctoral fellowships, 2024–25

Author: Shane Ulbrich

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The University of Notre Dame’s Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism invites applications for two Postdoctoral Research Associate appointments in the 2024–25 academic year. These are one-year (12-month) appointments in residence at the University of Notre Dame with a start date of July 1, 2024, renewable for a second year.

Research Associates dedicate much of their time to their own research and writing projects under the mentorship of Notre Dame faculty. They also actively contribute to the work of the Cushwa Center by supporting event and conference planning, contributing as writers and editors for the center’s American Catholic Studies Newsletter, and bringing their expertise to bear on other center programming.

Research Associates may pursue teaching opportunities with the appropriate departments or programs at Notre Dame, usually no sooner than during their second semester on campus. Such opportunities are subject to the needs and discretion of the relevant academic department and the College of Arts and Letters.

The University of Notre Dame is an equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional and academic commitment to diversity.


Applicants should have recently (no earlier than five years before the appointment start date) completed a doctorate in history, theology, sociology, or another relevant field. Cover letters should describe in detail how the applicant’s research engages one or more of the priority subject areas listed below.

Priority subject areas

  • 19th- and 20th-Century U.S. Religion
  • Catholic Women and Modern History of Women Religious (
  • Global Catholicism
  • Migration and Faith-Based Social Movements
  • Religion and Ecology/Environment
  • Religion and Race in the Americas
  • U.S. Latino/Latin American Catholicism
  • U.S. Religion and Politics

Stipend and benefits

Stipends for Postdoctoral Research Associates meet or exceed NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA) salary levels. The Cushwa Center also provides an annual budget for conference travel and professional development, as well as health insurance and additional benefits as summarized for full-time paid “Postdoctoral Research Associate” appointments at The center also offers a moving expense stipend to those relocating to the South Bend area from elsewhere.

Application instructions

Those interested in a postdoctoral fellowship should submit application materials including the following:

1. cover letter discussing current research and your interest in a fellowship at the Cushwa Center and the University of Notre Dame
​​​​​​2. ​curriculum vitae
3. relevant writing sample (20–25 pages)
4. three references

Recommendation letters are encouraged but not required. Recommenders submitting letters should do so using the form linked below.

Applications are due January 15, 2024. Interviews will take place in February and March.

Submit applications here

Recommenders submit letters here