FAQ

This seems like a significant commitment in terms of time and resources; is it worth the investment?

  • An academic year is actually a relatively brief period of time considering the fact that you have invested many years in getting to where you are as an accomplished leader. Transitioning the expertise, relationships, and passions you have developed into a new focus thoughtfully in a resource-rich environment like a university campus helps to ensure you make the right choices for what should be the most fulfilling part of your life. The alternative is a somewhat random walk without the tools and talent that Notre Dame and your fellow cohort members can bring to this incredibly significant set of decisions.

The program is designed with the flexibility to allow for you to continue to be involved in the family, community, and board activities you continue to be engaged in while participating in this rare opportunity to discern, discover, and pursue your mission at this stage in life.

I am ready for something new to focus on in my life but I don’t know what. 

  • Discerning the right next step is critically important, and we will provide information and tools to help ensure you have an opportunity to develop an awareness and understanding of both yourself and the opportunities that Notre Dame can provide. This will commence with the information provided through the application process and be further developed in sessions in May and throughout the summer before the program begins in the fall.

Why is the University of Notre Dame the right place to do this?

  • Every university has a “brand” that connotes different things to each individual depending on their experience, interaction, and relationship with the institution. The University of Notre Dame has a 175-year history of being one of America’s leading undergraduate teaching institutions and has evolved into a leading graduate institution at the forefront in research and scholarship. The aerodynamics of glider flight, the transmission of wireless messages, and the formulae for synthetic rubber were pioneered at the University. Today researchers are achieving breakthroughs in astrophysics, radiation chemistry, environmental sciences, tropical disease transmission, peace studies, cancer, robotics, and nanoelectronics, just to name a few things.

This evolution has resulted in centers and institutes found only at the top research universities. A list of these can be found at: https://www.nd.edu/academics/centers-institutes/.

Is this program designed solely for those of the Catholic faith or who have graduated from Notre Dame?

  • While Notre Dame is distinctly Catholic, we embrace those from all faith backgrounds and hope to attract fellows from a diverse array of educational institutions and backgrounds.

What are our housing options for the year?

  • South Bend offers many attractive options from homes to apartments to condominiums to full service hotels, and we stand ready to assist in finding suitable housing. Learn more at find.nd.edu.

What is the cost of the program?

  • The annual fee for the academic year commencing in the fall of 2018 will be $50,000 for fellows and $25,000 for spouses or life partners who plan to actively participate in the program offerings.

Are there scholarships or other funding options available to support fellows who may not be able to afford the fee?

  • The ILI program welcomes prospective fellows who are accomplished leaders from many different fields with the understanding that some may find the cost too high. The ILI leadership team will carefully consider each applicant and may provide financial support for prospective fellows who are exceptionally well suited for this program and who would otherwise not be able to attend.

What additional activities are included in the program beyond pursuing a curriculum of study under the guidance of a faculty advisor?

  • Fellows can participate in guest lectures and mentoring opportunities in their area of expertise. They can also attend weekly cohort luncheons and dinners featuring guest speakers and discussions, are invited to take part in social and sporting events in the Michiana and Chicago areas, and travel to one of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways for an immersive program.

What is the expected time commitment from fellows and spouses actively engaged in the ILI?

  • We recognize that fellows have other obligations to family and interests. We are seeking fellows and spouses who want to play not only an active role in their own journey but who also want to give back to the Notre Dame community and the cohort. Between auditing classes and cohort initiatives, we recommend a commitment of 15-17 days per month in South Bend to optimize the ILI experience for the fellows, the cohort, and the community.

How will fellows contribute academically to the University?

  • Fellows will have the opportunity to host lectures for students and faculty in their areas of professional expertise or achievements. In addition, we anticipate that the fellows’ extensive life and career experiences will add significant value to in-class discussions as well as mentoring.