Admissions and Funding

The University of Notre Dame is now accepting applications in our 2025 Anthropology Ph.D. program cycle. The application deadline is December 1, 2024.

There has been no change to graduate student funding levels. The standard admissions process remains the same. However, applicants should know that the Department of Anthropology is not requiring GRE tests scores as part of the application process this cycle.

Apply now, or visit the graduate school website for more information.

Application Information

Applications to the Anthropology Ph.D. program are due December 1st. We encourage you to contact our Director of Graduate Studies, and/or faculty in our department whose work aligns with or informs your own for more information about applying.

The Kroc Peace Studies - Anthropology Joint Ph.D. application process is separate from the regular Anthropology Ph.D. application process. 

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  • GRE (optional)
  • If English is not your native language, TOEFL
  • University Transcript(s)
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample, maximum 20 pages double-spaced
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Up to 3 academic PowerPoint presentations and/or posters (optional)
  • Identify between 2-3 full-time Anthropology faculty members that you would like to include on your Ph.D. committee

If you have any questions regarding your application, contact the Graduate School at 574-631-7706 or


The application deadline is December 1st, 2024.
In December through early January, all applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee and departmental faculty.
In mid-January, up to 10 applicants, both national and international, are contacted and invited to visit the University of Notre Dame. All other applicants are sent a rejection or waitlist letter.
At the end of January, invited students will visit campus. During the visit, they will make a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation outlining their research interests and background. They will also meet with faculty members and participate in meals, laboratory tours, and a campus tour. The University of Notre Dame will cover all national or international travel costs, accommodation, and food costs resulting from the interviews.

In February, offers are made to accepted students. Between four and six students are accepted each year with a planned total of around 30 graduate students enrolled in the program at any time.

Funding and Professional Support

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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.


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.


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