Apply to Become a Graduate Affiliate (AY 2021-2022)

Graduate students are now invited to apply to become Graduate Affiliates for the Literatures of Annihilation, Exile & Resistance Initiative by completing the application form HERE.

Please note that complete applications require an up-to-date curriculum vitae and a brief (emailed) faculty referral. Applicants are also asked to provide a statement of interest which explains how the student’s research illuminates the initiative’s mission. Only complete applications will be eligible for review.

Up to five (5) applicants will be selected for the academic year. The deadline for applications is July 30, 2021.


  • Cultivate Professional & Scholarly Networks
    • Students will build on the scholarly networks they are already developing in their home department. Beginning with the relationships formed among the interdisciplinary members of the student cohort and extending to the faculty and staff engaged with the program, each participant will establish professional relationships with board members and in departments other than their own. 
  • Access to all events, including the inaugural conference next fall, and will be invited to dinners and receptions with visiting speakers.
  • Opportunity to interview speakers & be published on website

Requirements (academic year 2021-22)

  • participate in monthly student book club with other affiliates focusing on books written by Initiative guest lecturers;
  • publish two short pieces for the Initiative’s website: interviews of incoming lecturers, books reviews, etc;
  • attend five Initiative events over the course of the academic year;
  • must be in residence for the entire academic year.

The aim of the program is to bring talented graduate students together within the University who are interested in the study of literatures that have been shaped by histories of territorial and linguistic politics, colonialism, military domination and gross human rights violations, both to the benefit of each other and Notre Dame as a whole.  Graduate students of the Keough School of Global Affairs, the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and the College of Arts & Letters are encouraged to apply.