Ph.D. in Anthropology: Overview
General Description/Special Programs:
Notre Dame’s Anthropology doctoral program is committed to the richness and diversity of the discipline by building bridges between various humanistic and scientific approaches. We seek to involve graduate students in integrative anthropology, including engagement with different anthropological and interdisciplinary perspectives, integration of theory and application, and integration of teaching, research, and ethics. Individualized programs are made possible by a close working relationship with other departments and institutes. This includes the Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Institute for Latino Studies, and the Nanovic Institute for European Studies, and iCeNSA-- the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Application.
The teaching and research interests of our faculty are diverse and represent all four of anthropology’s subfields. The Notre Dame Anthropology graduate program is focused on developing the skill sets to undertake research related to the human condition, to learn about what it is to be human, and to convey these understandings of what it means to be human to others.
The doctoral program is designed to enable students to spend a major part of their graduate work on their chosen specialties. Doctoral candidates follow a trajectory of study in methods and theory, based on the sub-fields of Anthropology, with flexible language, laboratory, and field training depending upon perceived need and as determined by their individual research agenda. Along with required courses in the first two years of study, each spring students present their research at the end of term. In the fall term, third-year students take comprehensive examinations and prepare a formal dissertation proposal that is suitable for submission to an external funding agency. The dissertation and oral defense are the final steps in the Ph.D. requirement with the goal of completing all requirements within five years.
Notre Dame’s Anthropology doctoral program provides full funding to each accepted student for 5 years. This includes full tuition, a twelve-month stipend for living expenses, and some yearly conference support. Given the low cost of living in South Bend, our stipends are very competitive with those of other universities. Each year between 4 to 6 students are accepted with a planned total of around 30 graduate students enrolled in the program at any time.
Our graduate students are successful recipients of prestigious national and international grants and fellowships, including the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) and Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG), the Wenner Gren Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, USAID, among others.
Director of Graduate Studies
Associate Professor of Anthropology
Additional information can be found on the University of Notre Dame Graduate School website.
Learn more about Notre Dame's innovative 5+1 postdoctoral fellowship program, which incentivizes Ph.D. students to finish their dissertations earlier while also offering space to explore careers outside the academy. The College of Arts and Letters’ 5+1 Program guarantees a postdoctoral fellowship to every graduate student who finishes within 5 years. During the fellowship year, fellows teach one course each semester, pursue their research, and participate in any other of a variety of professional experiences to expand the range of employment opportunities they may pursue following the fellowship year. Additional information is provided on the College’s website: https://5plus1.nd.edu/about/.
Click here to download a PDF of the Anthropology Graduate Guide