Keough-Naughton Library Research Award in Irish Studies for Visiting Scholars

The Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and Notre Dame International jointly sponsor the Keough-Naughton Library Research Award in Irish Studies for Visiting Scholars. The award provides grant funding to assist scholars who travel to the Notre Dame campus to use the collections of the Hesburgh Libraries for research in all aspects of Irish studies.

The Irish Studies collections of the Hesburgh Libraries, primarily print, include a wide-ranging fiction collection, a strong seventeenth- and eighteenth-century print book collection, and collections on Berkeley, Burke, and Swift. Lists and descriptions may be found in this guide: Irish Studies Resources for Graduate Research.

The award is intended to defray the cost of travel and accommodation for research visits of one to three weeks in duration. The value of the award is normally between $1,000 and $3,000. Awardees may be established scholars, graduate students, or postdoctoral scholars. Applications from international locations are encouraged. An important consideration will be the relevance of the Hesburgh Library collections to the proposed research project.

Past recipients of the award

Meet two Keough-Naughton Library Visiting Scholars

"I spent my time in the Hesburgh Library predominantly taking advantage of the vast holdings in contemporary Irish fiction, as my current project (on the nurturing parental body in Irish novels) is still in the research phase, and I do not have these resources available at my small liberal arts institution.  Along with identifying novels and reading a considerable amount of criticism, I also was able to access primary materials from Yeats that I have not seen (the “Notes on ’The Second Coming,’” as well as the earliest edition of “Easter 1916”), which will be of use for a lecture I am invited to give to the International Yeats Conference later this month.  I am enormously grateful for the opportunity provided to me by the Keough-Naughton Library Award."

Kate Costello-Sullivan, Professor of Modern Irish literature, Le Moyne College, October 2021

"I was able to access the impressive Hesburgh Library collections, and with the great assistance of Irish Studies librarian and curator Aedín Ní Bhróithe Clements, [my] visit led to a volume that includes rallying cries for trade union action, denunciations of apartheid, and calls for independence, unionism, peace, and gender equality."

Sonja Tiernan, the Eamon Cleary Chair of Irish Studies and co-director of the Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her book Irish Women’s Speeches: Voices that Rocked the System was published by the University College Dublin Press in November 2021. Read more.