FAQ

Is there an annual “window of opportunity” for transferring into the Materials Science and Engineering program?

There is no set time during the year for a student’s transfer into the program. Once you have discussed your interest with your advisor and decided this is the right move for you, then you should move forward with transferring into the program. It can be done in the fall, spring, or summer semester.

I am applying to Graduate School at Notre Dame and am interested in the Materials Science and Engineering program and fellowship. How do I apply for the fellowship?

The Materials Science and Engineering fellowship application is a joint process between the student and faculty member, and fellowship proposals must be submitted by a Notre Dame faculty member on behalf of a student.  If you are interested in a fellowship, consider the following steps:

  1. Identify the home program to which you would like to apply.
  2. Review faculty in that department that are conducting materials research and identify a few that you might be interested in working with. You can identify faculty involved in the Materials Science and Engineering program at this webpage. This page will allow you to filter faculty by department as well. For additional assistance in identifying Notre Dame faculty with research interests similar to yours, contact Derek Lake, NDnano associate director.
  3. Contact the faculty by email to let them know that you are interested in potentially working with them, would like to pursue the Materials Science and Engineering PhD, and would like to apply for the fellowship.

Keep in mind that fellowships are not required to be part of the Materials Science and Engineering PhD program.

Is funding available to MS&E students in the form of teaching or research assistantships?

All graduate students involved in the MS&E graduate program will be supported by funding either in the form of teaching or research assistantships during their time at Notre Dame as long as they remain in good standing with their home department.

Do I need to identify a faculty advisor before I can apply?

You are not required to secure an advisor before coming to Notre Dame. However, we encourage you to spend time learning more about faculty in the participating departments/programs. When you find faculty with research of interest to you, please reach out and let them know of your interest.

What is required for the Graduate School application?

A wealth of information is available to assist applicants on the Graduate School website.