Admissions

Now accepting applications for the Third Cohort

The program is open to up to 30 people and their spouses or life partners.

Please consider the following when contemplating the program:

  • The program is seeking a broad array of accomplished individuals who have completed careers of 20 years or more, on average.
  • The program encompasses a full academic year at the University of Notre Dame’s home campus, as well as its global network, as desired.
  • The program desires to have a cohort of individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds and, accordingly, is proud to have the capacity to carefully consider each applicant without regard to financial capacity and offer a fee reduction, potentially including stipends for expenses, for prospective fellows who are appropriate for this program and who would otherwise not be able to attend.
  • The program strongly encourages fellows — as well as their spouses or partners—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 or life partners are welcome to audit up to two courses, per semester, and are encouraged to submit a separate application if they desire to be a full fellow.

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

Applications may be submitted through May 1, 2021. We look forward to reviewing your application.

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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