Frequently Asked Questions
- Will the NURF program definitely be held in summer 2021?
- Is the NURF program open to current freshmen?
- Is the NURF program open to students outside of Notre Dame?
- Can I apply to more than one project? If so, do I need to fill out a separate application for each project?
- If I apply to more than one project, do I need to send my application(s) to each project's faculty in separate emails?
- What is the deadline for applying?
- Does the Fellowship include housing and meals for the summer? Or transportation to the University?
- What is the pay schedule?
- What are the dates of the 10-week fellowship?
- How many hours per week will I work?
- Can I have another on-campus job if I'm part of the NURF program?
- Can I take classes during the summer session while doing research?
- I'm a student at a university outside the U.S. If I'm awarded a Fellowship, will I need a visa?
- Will I get academic credit for the Fellowship?
- If I receive a Fellowship, what paperwork will I need to complete?
- What are my on-campus housing options? How much does it cost to live in the dorms?
- What are the options for living off campus?
- Besides the dining halls, what other options exist for on-campus meals during the summer?
- Section 2: Additional considerations for international students
Have additional questions? Feel free to contact Heidi Deethardt.
At this point in time, it is too early to tell. For summer 2020, COVID required us to greatly scale back the NURF program. In the end, only two students were able to participate, and those on projects that could be conducted remotely. We do not know at this time what COVID-related restrictions will be in place for summer 2021 at Notre Dame (e.g, length of summer programs, availability of campus housing and dining, international travel, etc.). However, we are optimistically accepting applications, and the answers to all remaining questions assume we will run the program under normal circumstances. As spring draws near, more information will become available on possible modifications and restrictions. In the meantime, we encourage students to apply!
Yes! We welcome applications from undergraduate students at any university in the U.S. or abroad. (For purposes of the NURF program, undergraduates are students who will not yet have completed their undergraduate studies at the start of their summer fellowship.)
Can I apply to more than one project? If so, do I need to fill out a separate application for each project?
You may apply to as many projects as you like. You only need to create separate applications if you have information/experience unique to one/some of the projects to which you're applying. However, keep in mind that applying to too many projects (more than four) may lead faculty to question the sincerity of your interest in their topic.
If I apply to more than one project, do I need to send my application(s) to each project's faculty in separate emails?
If you create a common application for multiple projects, feel free to send it in a single email to all the faculty with whom you're applying. As mentioned above, if you created a unique application for any of the projects you're applying for, please send those in separate emails. Regardless, be sure to list and prioritize in your application all the projects you're applying to. Include project name and faculty first/last name for each.
The deadline for summer 2021 applications is 8:00am Eastern on Wednesday, February 10, 2021.
No. Students awarded a paid fellowship will receive a $6,000 stipend (subject to taxes), paid semi-monthly over the course of the 10-week fellowship. Fellowship recipients are responsible for covering their summer living expenses (e.g., transportation to the University, housing, meals, etc.) from the stipend or other personal funds. See additional questions below for information about on-campus and off-campus housing options.
Paydays are the 15th and last day of each month. The stipend is subject to the following taxes (subject ot change):
- U.S. federal income tax withholding (10-22%)
- Indiana state income tax withholding (3.23%)
- St. Joseph county income tax withholding (1.75%)
- Social Security tax withholding (7.65%)
These taxes are withheld from your paychecks.
For the 2021 NURF program, students may start their 10 weeks of research as early as May 24* or work as late as August 6. Fellowship recipients will determine the exact dates of their research in conjunction with their faculty mentor. Memorial Day (May 31) and the day after Independence Day (July 5) are paid holidays. As you consider a start date, see the additional questions below for information regarding the availability of dorms, dining hall meals, and places to eat on campus in the summer.
*Fellowship recipients who attend Notre Dame and have a 2020-2021 on-campus job any time in the academic year may have restrictions on their NURF start date. Please contact Heidi Deethardt (206 Cushing Hall) for more details.
The NDnano Fellowships are full-time (40 hours/week maximum). Students will set their work schedule with their faculty mentor.
No. The University allows students to work a maximum of 40 hours per week during the summer (all campus jobs combined). This means that students cannot participate in the NURF program on a full-time basis and at the same time hold any other paid, on-campus, summer position. (Fellowships of less than 40 hours per week would be considered on a case-by-case basis.)
Yes, as long as it is approved by your NURF faculty mentor. In some cases, you may need to work additional days (beyond a 10-week schedule) if you are not able to work the full 40 hours/week while taking a class.
Yes, you will need a visa to receive the stipend. NDnano will be happy to assist with the visa process for international students who are awarded a Fellowship. Also, if you don't already have a passport, you should apply for one as soon as possible.
Students who are awarded and accept a Fellowship will receive detailed instructions regarding registration, housing/meals, safety training, and employment verification documentation. Also, visiting students will receive additional instructions during orientation after they arrive on campus (ID card, banking, student account, Social Security number for international students, etc.)
On-campus, air-conditioned housing is available (and encouraged) in the summer for registered students in the NURF program. Visit the Summer Session website for information about summer 2019 housing costs: summersession.nd.edu/student-services-resources/housing/. 2021 housing costs will be announced in the spring.
Some students in the NURF program choose to live off campus. You may be able to find an apartment or house to lease near campus via Craig's List or at offcampus.nd.edu/ If you are interested in the possibility of sharing a nearby apartment or house with another student in the NURF program, contact Heidi Deethardt. Please note: Not all off-campus housing options are furnished; be sure to determine this.
Here is a list of places to eat on campus: dining.nd.edu/locations-menus/. Most adjust their hours during the summer.
Within walking distance, there are several off-campus eateries in Eddy Street Commons just south of campus, and other venues near campus. A supermarket is located east of campus. A taxi or Uber can take you to a multitude of restaurants within 10-15 minutes of campus.
- Although students may select their 10-week fellowship to fall anywhere between May 24 and early August, on-campus summer housing is generally not available past the end of July.
- A recap of summer 2019 dining halls pricing and hours is available here. 2021 pricing will be posted when it is available.
- The dorms have kitchenettes, not full kitchens. The kitchenettes are not equipped to accommodate 10 weeks of food storage and/or meal preparation for everyone in the dorm. Therefore, students living on campus are encouraged to purchase Domer Dollars to eat (at a discounted rate) in the dining halls. Domer Dollars can also be used at several other on- and off-campus eateries.
As stated above, the NURF program welcomes applications from international students. Here is some additional information that may be helpful as you consider your summer options:
Social Security Number: International students in the NURF program who are paid by Notre Dame will need to apply in person for a Social Security Number (SSN) the first week after they arrive. (If you have a SSN already, there is no need to apply for another one.) The University will provide guidance on the process, and a Social Security office is located on the bus route just a few miles from campus. For tax purposes, international students in the NURF program will need to provide their SSN to the University before the end of their fellowship. The SSN application process does not delay receipt of paychecks.
U.S. bank account: Students in the NURF program receive their paychecks via direct deposit to their bank account. It must be a U.S. bank account, so international students in the NURF program will need to open a U.S. bank account when they arrive if they don’t already have one. This can be conveniently done either on-campus or at nearby banks.
A U.S. bank account will also be needed for international students to pay charges against their student account (on-campus housing, medical insurance, immunizations, etc.)
U.S.-based medical insurance requirement - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: The University requires all international students to carry medical insurance from a U.S.-based provider during their stay at Notre Dame (day of arrival through day of departure). International students will automatically be enrolled in and charged for the University health insurance unless they purchase another U.S.-based plan and follow the instructions to waive out of the University plan. Waive-out instructions will be emailed to international students’ Notre Dame email accounts prior to the beginning of the regular Summer Session. For 10 weeks of coverage in summer 2020, the cost was approximately $490.
International students in the NURF program also will be provided a list of some U.S.-based alternatives to the Aetna program, and someone in University Health Services will be available by phone or email to review and pre-approve the plan students intend to purchase (before they purchase it) to ensure it meets University requirements.
More information is available at uhs.nd.edu/insurance-billing/
Paying taxes and filing tax returns: As stated above, all students in the NURF program will have U.S. federal, state (Indiana), and county (St. Joseph) income taxes withheld from their semi-monthly paychecks. In addition, all fellowship recipients will be required to file both federal and state income tax returns by April 15, 2022 for income earned in the U.S. in the tax year 2021. The tax returns are mandatory and will determine if you are entitled to a refund of some/all of your income tax withholdings, or if you owe additional income taxes. The University provides recommendations to assist students in completing this task after they have returned to their home country.
Form 8843: International students who participate in the NURF program but are not paid by the University of Notre Dame will still be required to submit a Form 8843.
Phones: Depending on whether or not students have international roaming on their cell phones, they may or may not need U.S. SIM cards. However, international roaming is usually very expensive, so if students want to make several calls per week to U.S. numbers, then they will want to buy a pay-as-you-go U.S. SIM card at one of the stores near campus. WhatsApp is a convenient way to communicate when students are on campus. It works with the campus Wi-Fi and has text, audio and video calling facilities. Skype and Google hangouts can be used to make inexpensive domestic and international calls via the internet.
Have additional questions? Feel free to contact Heidi Deethardt.