Apply for Cohort #5 

The program is open to up to 30 participants and their spouses or life partners for the 2023-2024 academic year. The application opened on October 1, 2022.

Please consider the following when contemplating the program:

  • We are seeking a broad array of up to 30 accomplished individuals who have completed careers of 20 years or more. Experience may be in any field from non-profit, business, family management, to academics, to name a few.
  • The program encompasses a full academic year at the University of Notre Dame’s home campus, as well as providing access to its domestic and global gateways.
  • We are seeking individuals — as well as their spouses or partners — that have a willingness to share their knowledge and experience with other program participants, students, faculty, and others within the community.
  • Fellows should have a desire to become a greater force for good in the world while leveraging the knowledge and experience gained through the program.
  • Spouses, life partners (and for select activities invited guests) are welcome to participate in certain elements of the ILI programming and are encouraged to do so to the degree that best suits each individual - from social participation to full fellow status, including the opportunity to take up to two courses per semester (a course fee is applied). The ILI is designed with the flexibility to allow you to continue to be involved in family, community, and board activities while participating in this rare opportunity to accompany the fellow as they discover, discern, and design the next stage of their life.

Please contact our office at or (574) 631-8070 with any questions about admissions criteria or the selection process.

Applications for Cohort 5 opened on October 1, 2022 for the 2023-2024 academic year. We look forward to reviewing your application.


Virtual Exploration Session 

Are you interested in learning more about the Inspired Leadership Initiative? We invite you and your spouse/partner to attend a Virtual Exploration Event via Zoom.  Click the link below for more details about this session and to submit your interest in attending.



Apply Now  Introduce yourself Virtual Exploration Session

Dave Kostolanksy

“After what I consider to be a successful business career and a busy twelve years in retirement, I felt like I needed a new challenge. I was confident that the ILI would fulfill that need and perhaps provide a pathway to my future endeavors. To return to Our Lady’s University again after fifty-four years, and to take advantage of all that Notre Dame has to offer—academically, spiritually, culturally, and socially—was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

Dave Kostolansky, ILI Fellow, Inaugural Cohort

Cindy Sescleifer

“Looking for more than simply some kind of lifelong learning program to interest or challenge me in retirement, I was drawn to Notre Dame’s Inspired Leadership Initiative because it offered a rare opportunity to actually take the time—a year’s worth of time!—to discern my next vocation. Along with that gift, the ILI enkindled a new joy and an internal peace that comes with doing what one is called to do."

Cindy Sescleifer, ILI Fellow, Inaugural Cohort