Each year, the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study convenes a diverse group of faculty fellows, graduate students, and undergraduate scholars to participate in a residential research community, with topics organized around an annual theme. NDIAS also organizes regular academic programming — including research seminars, public lectures, symposia, and conferences — on the theme.
To that end, the institute welcomes applications for its Faculty Fellowships program. For the 2021-22 academic year, NDIAS will sponsor residential research projects that deepen the understanding of resilience, with the aim of bringing together humanists, scientists, social scientists, legal scholars, and artists to consider how organisms, people, species, and social structures adapt or fail to adapt to novel challenges and the ethical implications of such adaptation. Fellows will receive half of their salary per academic year (up to $75,000), subsidized housing (for those who currently reside outside the South Bend area), a research allowance of up to $500 per semester, and a private office at NDIAS. (Fellows' home institutions ordinarily provide the remainder of their salaries as well as all benefits, including health insurance.)
Potential research proposal topics on resilience may address but are not limited to:
Law and policy-focused issues — How social and environmental systems might adapt to climate change; how public health systems might adapt to pandemics; how institutions adapt to technological disruptions; how cultural groups respond to oppression; topics where multiple policy spheres overlap; and historical analyses of how systems responded (or failed to respond) to shocks.
The downsides of resilience — Predicting and responding to genetic alterations of pathogenic viruses and bacteria; issues with understanding cancer pathology; understanding the efficacy of terrorist groups; and the threats posed by self-directed AI systems.
Philosophical and theological investigations — Is resilience a moral virtue; moral theory related to extinction, preservation, and adaptation; the role that adaptability has played in sacred texts and traditions; and resilience in the history of religious communities.
Health, psychology, disability studies, and individual resilience — Such as a study of the personality traits or situations that promote psychological resilience and how context, culture, or built-environment affects assessments of resilience.
Engineering and design — How can we build more adaptable structures and measure adaptability in different systems and environments.
Theoretical analyses — Explorations of whether resilience emerges from intrinsic features of an individual or system or is primarily determined by environment and/or discussions of whether resilience in a particular domain is better understood as resistance to change (rather than adaptability).
Creative projects and research into the fine arts — Artistic works that explore dimensions of resilience through music, visual arts, fiction, dance, and other fine arts scholarship on artistic engagement with resilience.
Projects may explore resilience at different durations or scales. NDIAS encourages proposals that consider novel ways of translating models of resilience from one disciplinary domain to another.
Faculty Fellowships are open to scholars, scientists, social scientists, and artists in all disciplines who are conducting research on resilience. Fellows typically have a faculty appointment at their home institution, but the fellowships are also open to independent researchers, postdoctoral scholars, and those who have recently received their PhD (or equivalent) degree.
Scholars from other academic institutions, researchers at national laboratories, fellows from other institutes, and faculty from Notre Dame are invited to apply.
See the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study website for additional information.