Program Details

Residency and Deliverables

A typical Visiting Associate will spend between 2-8 weeks on campus. Longer residency durations of up to 6 months are permitted if there are cost share arrangements from the applicant and/or their host institution. This could include funded research support, stipends, or travel funds. Remote visiting fellowships are possible in certain circumstances. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Pulte Institute is accepting applications for remote engagements for the foreseeable future.

While in residency, Visiting Associates will engage with key thought leaders; policymakers and government agencies; the private sector; and the academy to develop two deliverables:

  • a primary policy paper, and 
  • a shorter policy brief, co-authored with a member of the Pulte Institute.

Applicants can apply as an individual or through a partnership between their organization and the Pulte Institute. The Pulte Institute administers the Visiting Associates Program in close partnership with Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs, and also works with various other colleges, schools, institutes, centers, and initiatives across Notre Dame to fund these positions. 

As part of our five-year strategic plan (2019-2024), the Pulte Institute made a commitment to producing multi-disciplinary knowledge, developing collaborative partnerships, and building a reputation for excellence within five, distinct research themes we believe will be most critical to alleviating global poverty and inequality.

The Pulte Institute has taken additional steps to define these themes by identifying cross-cutting areas where we can align our expertise, resources, and programming in partnership with other organizations to make a difference in the world. By developing a framework for identifying and supporting opportunities in these areas, we hope to make a tangible contribution to policy, advocacy, and legislative efforts globally. Our current priorities include:

  • Poverty and Inequality (meta research theme) — Issues of Poverty and Inequality (focus area) 
  • Sustainability (research theme) Water Security and Energy Transition (focus area)  
  • Humanitarianism (research theme) Migration and Forced Displacement (focus area) 
  • Effective States and Development (research theme) — Development Effectiveness and Local Capacity Building (focus area)
  • Business in Development (research theme) — Social Entrepreneurship (focus area) 
  • Global Health (research theme) — Mental Health (focus area)

The University of Notre Dame, in keeping with its reputation as a premier Catholic university, brings to this enterprise an overarching commitment to the common good, infused with ethical values and grounded in respect for diverse cultures, religions and political systems. The Pulte Institute responds to global development needs that are at the core of the University’s Catholic mission.

Program Design

The Pulte Institute recruits Visiting Associates whose work and proposed policy publications most clearly align with the identified advocacy areas within our research themes. The current areas of greatest interest are: 

  • Pulte Institute Advocacy Theme: Poverty and Inequality
  • Humanitarianism: Migration and Forced Displacement
  • Effective States and Development: Development Effectiveness and Local Capacity Building
  • Sustainability: Water Security and Energy Transition
  • Business in Development: Social Entrepreneurship
  • Global Health: Mental Health

Applicants may also present alternate themes, or illustrate the ways in which their research has connections to the themes that may not be readily apparent. These will be given consideration according to the quality of the application. 

Applicants can apply as an individual or through a partnership between their home organization and the Pulte Institute. If you think your home organization would be interested in a partnership to provide applicants for this program, please reach out to Ed Jurkovic at

Once accepted, Visiting Associates will work with the Pulte Institute to finalize specific details, such as length of campus stay or remote engagement, intended Notre Dame collaborations, and other logistical considerations. The Visiting Associate will then be provided with a research consulting contract detailing these arrangements. 

Visiting Associate’s housing expenses will be covered and further expenses and/or a personal stipend may be provided. As each Associate position is unique, this will depend on individual circumstance and need. Travel expenses, as well as any expenses related to publication submissions or publication presentations (e.g., conference fees, poster printing fee), may also be covered by the program. 

During their residency at the University of Notre Dame, Visiting Associates are required to author at least one strategic publication to influence global policy and practice; however, the production of multiple publications is possible. This primary work remains the sole property of the author for use and future development, but will be co-branded with the Pulte Institute. This paper must conclude with a clear and compelling policy recommendation for the intended audience. Visiting Associates are also required to produce a short (3-5 page) policy brief with a Pulte Institute co-author. This shorter brief will distill the essential conclusions and recommendations of the larger paper, and will use Pulte Institute experiences and prior work to highlight the conclusion. This piece will become a part of the Pulte Institute owned Policy Brief series. Both of these publications need to have clear implications for policy and impact in policy discussion. 

The Pulte Institute will work with Visiting Associates to schedule time with faculty, researchers, and centers at Notre Dame that are relevant to their areas of interest. Visiting Associates may have the ability to give lectures or speeches to interested groups on campus. An auxiliary goal is to foster collaborative dialogue between Visiting Associates, faculty, students, and University organizations. 

Due to the flexible nature of the program, a full, detailed overview of each individual Associate’s needs will be designed through open discussion upon acceptance of a Visiting Associate position. It is at this time that Visiting Associates will be able to determine schedule, stipend and housing decisions, and contractual terms regarding deliverables, as well as indicate interest in wider University involvement. 

Visiting Associates are expected to be in residence during their tenure at the University of Notre Dame. There may be non-residency or remote site publication opportunities available for Associates. These requests are determined on a case-by-case basis. 

The Pulte Institute communications team commits to the development of professionally designed publications of the completed deliverables. The finalized paper and policy brief will be provided to the Visiting Associate upon completion, for their use. They will be published on the Pulte Institute website along with a short profile of the Visiting Associate. The Visiting Associate will be asked, but is not required, to contribute to other communications objectives, such as: highlighting Associate work on the Pulte Institute social media channels, interviewing the Associate for web publications, and other opportunities as determined through conversation between the Communications Manager and the Visiting Associate before the commencement of their campus stay. Once an accepted associate begins their contract timeframe, they will receive an email from the communications team which will outline these requests. 

Visiting Associates commit to joint outreach for the strategic publication that they produce at the University of Notre Dame. This may include collaborating on future events, engaging strategic audiences, and working with others to highlight the strategic publication once released publicly. Associates are encouraged to leverage additional avenues for outreach and dissemination through their full-time organization of employment or professional or academic networks when applicable.

If you, or someone you know, would be a good fit for the Policy and Practice Visiting Associates program, please contact Edward Jurkovic at, or (574) 631-9856.