Lucy Scholars: Call for Applications

Submission deadline: March 25th, 2022

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The Lucy Family Institute for Data & Society seeks applications for the inaugural interdisciplinary cohort of Lucy Scholars. Lucy Scholars will be leaders and ambassadors for an interdisciplinary research community for Notre Dame graduate students.

Full-time enrolled Ph.D. students from all departments and programs are encouraged to apply for a two-year term. Preference will be given to Ph.D. students who will be starting their second- or third-year in Fall 2022. 

Two information sessions were held via zoom on Feb 21 and 25, 2022. If you would like access to the recording or the slides, please email Katie Liu (

Frequently Asked Questions


Lucy Scholars will play a key role in shaping the programming and opportunities offered by the Lucy Family Institute. 

Scholars will be expected to:

  • Attend monthly luncheons with other Scholars to give updates on research progress and challenges.
  • Give a research presentation at the Annual Lucy Symposium.
  • Present a research seminar at a Lucy Scholars workshop.
  • Help advertise and attend Lucy seminars and events (1-2 per month).
  • Design 1-2 community building events per year for Lucy Scholars and other affiliated graduate students. These events can include, but are not limited to: workshops, panels, research symposia, community partnership initiatives, external seminar speakers, and social events. Lucy staff will provide administrative support to Scholars for event organization.

Benefits of Participation:

  • A $3,000 stipend* for each year of satisfactory participation in this program.
  • Eligible to apply for additional grants for research project supplies and conference travel.
  • Direct influence on the programming and opportunities offered by the Lucy Family Institute.
  • Opportunities to discuss research and community engagement with graduate students from other disciplines.
  • Networking and mentorship opportunities with Lucy Faculty Fellows & Affiliates.

Key Dates:

Applications are due Mar 25th, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET. 

Award recipients will be announced by April 26th, 2022.


Full-time enrolled Ph.D. students may apply. Preference will be given to students who will be starting their second- or third-year in Fall 2022. 

Selection Criteria:

  1. Research Fit: Engaged in an interdisciplinary research project that combines domain informed knowledge with quantitative, data-driven methodology to advance society.
  2. Potential for Collaboration: Research interests and community organizing interests would provide a unique perspective to the cohort.
  3. Leadership: Demonstrated potential to become a community leader and to act as an ambassador for the Lucy Family Institute and Lucy-sponsored programming. 
  4. Sustained Engagement: Applicants who plan to graduate after Summer 2024 will be given preference in the selection process.

Application Requirements:

  1. Description of your current research project or a project you intend to start (single space, 11 pt font, 1” margins, recommended 1-1.5 pages) with the following sections:
    1. Short abstract and introduction that are accessible to an out-of-field graduate student (minimize or clearly define field-specific jargon).
    2. Expected outcomes.
    3. Broader impacts to society.
  2. Personal statement (2 pages max):
    1. Why do you want to be a Lucy Scholar? What do you hope to gain from participating?
    2. What will you contribute to the Lucy Scholars cohort and the larger Lucy graduate student community? Feel free to cite any past leadership or community building experiences that you have had.
    3. What events or activities would you be interested in hosting to help build an interdisciplinary research community for ND graduate students? Please be specific.
  3. Endorsement Form signed by your graduate advisor or PI.
  4. Description of any sources or present forms of funding (for e.g., fellowships, RA, TA). In addition, please include the names of any other fellowship applications submitted for the 2022-2023 academic year.
  5. List of any remaining coursework and/or teaching requirements and expected time commitment.
  6. CV including publications, honors and awards, and leadership experiences (recommended 2-3 pages).


Please email Lucy Research Program Manager, Katie Liu (

* Ph.D. students who have already been awarded a Notebaert Premier Fellowship are not eligible for a stipend, but they are welcome to inquire about applying to become a Lucy Scholar if they are otherwise eligible for participation.