Frequently Asked Questions

What are the academic benefits related to participation in the program?

Students in ND PIER learn how scholars across social science disciplines approach research in educational issues and topics through coursework, research, and lectures with the intent of enriching their own ideas and thinking on educational research in their home discipline. ND PIER students also participate in a research apprenticeship with a mentor outside of their home discipline.

What does participation in the ND PIER program look like during the academic year?

ND PIER students participate in an opening retreat that gathers ND PIER students together at the start of the academic year, a seminar that meets 2-3 times per month and usually involves an outside speaker, and a 1-2 day methods workshop at the close of the academic year. Students also choose a mentor outside of their home discipline and complete an interdisciplinary research project at some point during their graduate studies.

What are the financial benefits connected to the ND PIER program and Burns Fellowship?

ND PIER students earn the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship, a top-off award of up to $10,000/year plus funding for research and travel.

I think I’m interested in studying education, but what if my interests change?

The ND PIER program is designed for students committed to studying issues related to education during their graduate study and beyond. If studying educational issues is not a central area of focus for you, the ND PIER program is not a good fit.

How do I indicate my interest in being considered for the ND PIER program and Burns Fellowship?

Within your application to the Notre Dame graduate school there is an option to include an additional short essay in order to be considered for the Rev. Burns Fellowship and the ND PIER program. This essay is submitted within the online application to the graduate school.