Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships

Every year, Advanced Diagnostics and Therapeutics offers the Berry Family Foundation Graduate Fellowships to two outstanding graduate students at the University of Notre Dame who are investigating issues of high interest to the AD&T initiative. Each prestigious fellowship provides support for a graduate stipend (12 months). Not only do the fellowships sponsor young researchers at key moments in their time at Notre Dame, they have also proven to be a springboard for follow-on careers in academic and corporate research.

Application deadline:

Each applicant must complete the online application. Applications for the 2017-18 academic year are due by 5 p.m. on May 15, 2017.

Application information includes the following:

  • Name, campus address, phone number, and email address
  • A brief statement describing the student’s career objectives
  • A recommendation letter from student's faculty advisor
  • A project title and a description of the project objectives and scope of the project
  • A brief statement explaining the specific role of the student in achieving the desired results
  • A description of the broader societal impacts of the research or project
  • A copy of the student’s CV and graduate transcripts


Q: Is this fellowship strictly for graduate student stipends, or can it be applied to post-doctoral research as well?
A: This fellowship is for graduate students only.

Q: If I will be graduating next spring, may I still apply?
A: Yes. If there are still funds left after you graduate, they will be used to fund other graduate student research.

Q: Is the fellowship available to U.S. citizens only?
A: No, international students are also welcome to apply.

Q: May this award be taken or used at another institution?
A: No, the student must be a Notre Dame student using the award here.

Q: May a first-year graduate student apply?
A: Yes. The application questions concerning the graduate student GPA will not apply and will be removed from the criteria for the applicant.

Q: May non-ND work or papers be cited on the application?
A: Yes.

Q: Is it acceptable to cite works in certain sections to give relevance or background for the project?
A: Yes, you may include citations in a footnote.

Q: Are electronic transcripts acceptable for this application?
A: Yes, as well as scans of original transcripts for international students. If there is any question concerning authenticity, we will require a physical copy.

Q: If a student has completed graduate work at two (or more) institutions, may the GPAs be submitted separately?
A: Yes.

For any further questions, please contact Arnie Phifer.