NEH Fellowships


With the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for its faculty fellowship program. The NEH Keough Fellowship will enable an outstanding scholar to continue his or her research while in residence in the Keough-Naughton Institute during the academic year 2012-2013. The Fellowship is open to scholars in any area of Irish Studies. The stipend is $50,000.

The NEH Keough Fellow will participate in a periodic faculty seminar and present a paper on her or his research during the year. Apart from the seminar, the Fellow's only obligation will be to pursue her or his research. The Fellow will be provided an office in the Keough-Naughton Institute and will be integrated into the Institute's life, with full library privileges and access to the Institute's research tools.

Malcolm Sen is the 2012-2013 NEH Fellow. Malcolm comes to the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies from the National University of Ireland Galway.   A native of India, Malcolm earned his M.A. in Anglo-Irish literature and a PhD from University College Dublin, Ireland where he explored Orientalism and Irish Modernism.  Dr. Sen is the author of numerous papers, articles and reviews concerning subjects relating to environments have changed through colonialism and how India and Ireland responded to the forces of colonialism. The NEH fellowship permits him to research and write a book comparing twentieth century literature from Ireland and India to explore their ecocritical and environmental themes. 

The 2011-2012 NEH Fellow is Deirdre Ní Chonghaile. Dr. Ní Chonghaile received her Ph.D. from University College Cork in 2011. She is a bilingual broadcaster, writer, dramatist, poet, filmmaker, teacher, lecturer, musician, composer and ethnomusicologist. Her research on Irish tradition music centers on her home, The Aran Islands. Her study of almost 200 years of music in Aran--from the earliest references to music in 1821 to the more diverse and globally-aware musical activities of the present day--is ongoing. It contributed to her dissertation, “ag teacht le cuan’: Irish traditional music and the Aran Islands.” While at Notre Dame Dr. Ní Chonghaile will bring the marginalized music of Aran into focus and introduce and contextualize entirely new sources of Irish traditional music and Irish history to contribute to the narratives that currently direct the discourse of Irish traditional music.

Applicants should submit a double-spaced narrative of no more than five pages describing their proposed research, indicating how it builds on existing scholarship, and suggesting how it will benefit from broader interdisciplinary studies. Applicants should also submit a curriculum vitae and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the Keough-Naughton Institute by January 5, 2012. Announcement of the successful candidate will be made in March 2012.

Please send applications to this address: NEH Keough Fellowships Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies 422 Flanner Hall University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN 46556