Department of Political Science Writer | February 16, 2017
Department of Political Science Ph.D.s Andre Audette and Kathryn Boehlefeld are among the first recipients of Notre Dame’s new 5+1 Postdoctoral Fellowship—and the program has already helped them advance their research and land academic job offers.
Launched in fall 2016 by Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and funded in part by a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program is designed to incentivize students to complete their dissertations within five years. Those who do so are guaranteed a fully funded, one-year postdoctoral fellowship, allowing them to prepare for the job market by continuing their research, expanding their teaching portfolio, or exploring new career opportunities.
Audette—who spent his fellowship year revising his dissertation for publication, teaching a class, and developing a new project with a faculty member—will join the political science faculty at Monmouth College this fall. Boehlefeld, whose fellowship involved completing a special project for the Notre Dame International Security Center, will be a visiting professor teaching political science and international relations at Valparaiso University.