Admissions and Funding

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Application Information

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  • Statement of Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A writing sample (optional) 
  • At least three letters of recommendation (preferably from university faculty)
  • Official Transcripts
  • TOEFL for non-native English Speakers
  • Please note that we do not accept or consider GRE scores.

We encourage students from diverse backgrounds (for example, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities) to apply.

For these students, fee waivers can be requested and will be considered on a case-by-case basis — for a fee waiver please contact the Graduate School (


Applications are now being accepted for Fall 2024 enrollment.  Applications are due December 1, 2023. 

We invite applicants to interview remotely on Zoom with us between mid-December to mid-January, and offers of admission are typically made by the end of January. 

If you are admitted, and live in the U.S., you will be invited to attend our Recruitment Day event held in late February. This event is currently scheduled to be in-person. If you live outside the U.S., you will be invited to attend remotely. You will have until April 15 to accept admission to the program. 

Financial and Professional Support

  • As a Ph.D. student in psychology, you will receive five years of guaranteed funding, so long as you are making satisfactory progress toward program goals.
  • A competitive stipend, paid over 12 months. The stipend carries a service expectation of nine months of part-time work as a graduate assistant each year, at about 18 hours a week. In the summers we expect you to make progress on your own research and work toward program goals, while maintaining close contact with department activities. 
  • A full Notre Dame tuition scholarship during your time in the program.
  • Full access to University Health Services — both physical and mental health services — as well as fully subsidized health insurance for services off-campus. Although the university only pays your premiums as a student, insurance for immediate family members is available at a reduced cost.
  • Access to comprehensive professional development programs through the Graduate School and the Department of Psychology, including grant-writing support and an institutional affiliation with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity.
  • Upon matriculation, you will be awarded $2,000 for professional development activities such as research, conference travel, and other professional development opportunities. Once these funds are spent, additional department and university resources are available annually to fund your professional development activities. 


You may also be competitive for Notre Dame’s Select Fellowships that can raise your yearly stipend. The Admissions Committee will automatically nominate you for these scholarships (no further action is required by you).

If you are interested in learning how to conduct research on educational practices, programs, and policies, please indicate in your application materials (e.g., statement of intent) that you would like to be considered for the Rev. James A. Burns Fellowship in the program for Interdisciplinary Educational Research.