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Nanovic Institute for European Studies

The mission of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies is to enrich the intellectual culture of Notre Dame by creating an integrated, interdisciplinary home for students and faculty to explore the evolving ideas, cultures, beliefs, and institutions that shape Europe today.

Last year, the Nanovic Institute received a total of 180 votes, which provided funding for a student travel and research grant to Europe over an academic break.

This year, we'd like to double the grant in order to send two (2) students. Will you help us?

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Nanovic Impact: Notre Dame Day Grant 2015

"As I prepare for my graduation from the University of Notre Dame, I give my gratitude to the Nanovic Institute for serving as a guide in my intellectual and vocational growth. As Notre Dame students we have many opportunities available to us. As I reflect those given to me by the Nanovic have facilitated my most transformative experiences. Since I received a grant three years ago to study humanitarian policy during the Bosnian War, I have forged a path in post-conflict justice that has led me to Geneva, The Hague, and Sarajevo. In Europe, I have learned from international criminal lawyers, policymakers, and wartime survivors. The Nanovic not only offered me the resources to pursue this independent research, but also the encouragement that gave me the confidence to engage professional scholarship. Without that encouragement, I would not be exploring careers that seek the transformation of human concerns such as war and genocide. It takes much effort to dedicate oneself to the development of students. I am thankful to the Nanovic for the calibre and care they dedicated to my own growth at Notre Dame."

Steven Fisher '16
Political Science and International Peace Studies

Read Steven's full report here

Meet our Nanovic Ambassadors (pictured above)

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The Nanovic Institute supports over 150 students per year in research, internships, and language development through our grant and fellowship programs.


Since competition is increasing academic break research grants, the Nanovic Institute uses these funds to create a Notre Dame Day Grant for students to partake in individual travel and travel to Europe over fall, Christmas, or spring break during the 2016-17 academic year.   This year, we'd like to double the grant in order to send two (2) Notre Dame students.

How Can I Help?

During Notre Dame Day, we have the unique opportunity to earn a portion of a $1 Million!

  • If you are participating in ND Day 2016, please VOTE NANOVIC. Every vote cast determines how the portion of the $1 million fund is distributed.
  • Restrict your $10 gift to the Nanovic Institute as well as your 5 votes. (We estimate this will be about $85 from your $10 gift. That is quite the investment!)
  • Share your #thanksNanovic story on social media during #NDday. We love hearing from our students and alumni.
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