FAQ

What are the dates for the program?

  • The program will begin with opportunities throughout the summer to visit campus, as desired, to determine one’s course of tailored study. ILI programming will officially commence the weekend of August 18 with an Orientation Weekend and then the first classes on August 21. The program will follow the Notre Dame academic calendar.

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

  • We believe you will find an academic year to actually be a relatively brief period of time, considering the many years you have invested in getting to where you are as an accomplished leader. Thoughtfully transitioning the expertise, relationships, and passions you have developed into a new focus 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 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 information provided through the application process and be further developed in sessions 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 exciting fields.

    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. Begin to 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 with at least 25 years’ experience from many different fields and understands 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 mentor?

  • Fellows will attend weekly cohort luncheons and dinners featuring top faculty and external guest speakers and discussions, are invited to take part in social and sporting events in the Michiana and Chicago areas, and experience one of Notre Dame’s Global Gateways for an immersive program. In addition we expect many will be invited to guest lecture and mentor in their areas of expertise.

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

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

    We also recognize that your spouse or life partner may not be interested in fully engaging in the ILI, and welcome participation from social participation to full fellow status. We look forward to providing resources and support to ensure a rewarding experience for your spouse during this year of transition for your family.

How will fellows contribute academically to the University?

  • We anticipate that the fellows’ extensive life and career experiences will add significant value to in-class discussions as well as informal mentoring of Notre Dame students. More broadly, the fellows will have an opportunity to share their expertise with faculty, staff, and community leaders to make a difference on campus and beyond.