Joint Ph.D. in Peace Studies

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Why pursue a joint Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Anthropology?

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The Kroc Peace Studies and Anthropology Joint Ph.D. at the University of Notre Dame is a dual-degree doctoral program that allows you to focus on your particular ethnographic research while embedding your project in the theoretical and historical traditions of anthropology and peace studies.

As a joint Peace Studies and Anthropology student, your dissertation work will be informed by both perspectives, fostering productive interdisciplinary dialogue between our ever-evolving understanding of peace studies and emergent anthropological approaches to subjects such as structural violence, climate change, and social movements.

The Peace Studies and Anthropology joint Ph.D. trains scholar-teachers and embraces potential practitioners. It prepares you for careers in a wide range of areas including development, aid, and policy work, as well as academia.

Students in the joint program have an equal commitment to both disciplines, and you will take classes in both to inform your research trajectory. You will create your own research program in coordination with your advisers, designing and incorporating methodological elements that are appropriate to the specific fieldwork conditions in your research area. In conducting dissertation research, you will immerse yourself within the cultural and social context of your project, learning the local language as relevant, living within the community in which you work, and developing an ethnographically informed perspective.

How to apply

The application process for the joint Ph.D. in Kroc Peace Studies and Anthropology is completely separate from the regular Anthropology Ph.D. application process. If you are interested in the joint Peace Studies and Anthropology program, you should contact professors in Anthropology and Peace Studies before applying in order to gauge the fit of your intended program of study with the joint Ph.D. program. 

Application instructions for the joint Ph.D. in Peace Studies and Anthropology can be found on Kroc Institute's website


Students accepted to this program must have an adviser who is both an Anthropology faculty member and a Fellow at the Kroc Institute.

Kroc Faculty Fellows

Kroc-Anthropology Students

Program requirements

More information on the program requirements can be found in the Ph.D. manual for the Kroc Institute.

The current guidelines for joint Peace Studies and Anthropology Ph.D. students are:

  • A minimum of 21 hours of courses in Anthropology (5 required courses and 2 electives), and 18 hours of courses in peace studies (4 required courses and 2 electives)
  • Proficiency in English and one other language (to be assessed by a language exam)
  • A minimum of two research seminar papers, at least one of which will be an article of publishable quality and submitted to a scholarly publication
  • Comprehensive examinations in Peace Studies/Anthropology and the prospectus presentation in Anthropology
  • Applications for a combined minimum of $15,000 in external funding for scholarly research
  • Five semesters of research and teaching assistantships in anthropology and peace studies (Intro to Peace studies and 2 IIPS/ANTH courses, plus 2 research assistantships). Four of these must be completed for advancement to candidacy and all five must be completed for graduation
  • A dissertation of original research
  • Students in Anthropology usually are not expected to perform service obligations during their first and fifth years