The Rome Gateway supports the University's international mission by hosting institutes and projects engaged in research and graduate education. The RGG collaborates with universities, educational foundations and organizations in Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as with the Holy See. 

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The Gateway also originates scholarly programming and research in Rome by organizing and co-sponsoring an annual lecture series, research seminars and workshops, and an annual program of short-term research fellowships for graduate students and faculty.


Global Collaboration Initiative

Notre Dame International invites applications for grants between $10,000-$20,000 to fund initiatives in international research, scholarship and collaboration with major foreign universities and research organizations. The GCI is intended to enable the establishment or continuation of programs of research, scholarship and sustained international collaboration that will make major contributions in any field of study. Awarded initiatives will contribute to the internationalization of Notre Dame by elevating the University’s visibility in the international academic and research community. Please click here for further information

Annual Faculty Research Award

Grants for any amount—up to $50,000 USD of total funding for the period of up to one year—are available through this program. Click here for more information.

Short-term Faculty Research Fellowships

Notre Dame faculty in the College of Arts and Letters are invited to apply for grants to support short-term periods of research that would be improved through time in Rome. Click here for more information.

Short-term Graduate Research Fellowships

These short-term fellowships enable graduate students in any discipline to spend periods of research in residence in Rome, including office space and access to Roman libraries. Download here for more information on how to apply Graduate Short Term Fellowships 2017 18.

Sciola Grants

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts (ISLA) invites undergraduates and graduate students in all Arts and Letters disciplines whose research interests address the impact of Catholic traditions upon Italian artistic culture to submit proposals to the Sciola Grant Program. In order to be eligible for funding, research must take place in Italy. For further information or  to apply for this grant, please visit this page on ISLA's website.

Biblioteca Ambrosiana Research Awards

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, one of the most famous libraries of the world and the oldest in Europe, was founded between 1603 and 1609. Italian Studies at Notre Dame has initiated a series of collaborative projects with the Ambrosiana Library including a joint bibliographic project; a seminar on paleography and the history of the book; support for the digital reproduction of selected manuscripts; and participation by senior Notre Dame scholars in the Ambrosiana research groups.

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana Research Awards enable individual scholars or groups of scholars—including graduate students and postdoctoral fellows—to pursue projects in connection with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. Please send a C.V., a proposal of less than 750 words that describes the project, and a detailed budget to Silvia Dall’Olio at Silvia.Dall’ Cost sharing is encouraged and should be included in the proposed budget.

Research Projects


Devers Program in Dante Studies

The William & Katherine Devers Program in Dante Studies at the University of Notre Dame supports rare book acquisitions in the John A. Zahm, C.S.C., Dante Collection, as well as teaching and research about Dante across the Arts & Letters curriculum, in particular in the Medieval and Italian Studies areas, through the sponsorship of conferences, fellowships, lecture series, seminars, and visiting professorships. At the RGG, the Program funds a three-year research project conducted by Dr. Luca Lombardo on Florentine Vernacular Culture.


North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939

The Charles and Margaret Hall Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism is widely recognized as the leading center for the historical study of Roman Catholicism in the United States. The project carried out by the Cushwa Center at the Rome Global Gateway was entitled "North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939". This project was developed under the supervision of Professor Kathleen Sprows Cumming, Cushwa director, and of Professor Luca Codignola, Senior Fellow at the Cushwa, with the cooperation of Dr. Matteo Binasco, postdoctoral fellow at the Cushwa. Its key aim was to study and assess any aspect of the Catholic communities originating from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States who established in the Eternal City from 1622 to 1939. Fuller information on this project can be found at the Cushwa's website -, and by sending a message to

Sources on the Patriarchate of Constantinople in the Vatican Archives (Byzantine Studies and the Medieval Institute)

Through this program, advanced graduate students had the opportunity to participate in a research project based on Byzantine manuscripts from the Vatican archives and oriented toward the investigation of paleographical and codicological issues and problems of critical textual editing. Two graduate students assisted Professor Alexander Beihammer in his project and stayed at the RGG for six months.

Knowledge and Social Network Analysis (College of Engineering)

This research project involved the collaboration of the Data Science Group at the University of Notre Dame (ND-DSG) and two of faculty members in the Computer Science and Automation Department at the University of Roma Tre. The key application of the research was to identify how humans generate, curate and search for information in the pursuit of knowledge. To that end, the project developed tools and algorithms that collect, analyze and model large amounts of data. 

In order to develop such project two Notre Dame PhD students under the supervision of Prof. Tim Weninger, came to Rome for seven total months during 2016. For further information please visit the following link.

Rome Seminar

Each year since 2011, the Italian Studies Program at Notre Dame, along with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and in collaboration with various other departments and univeristies, has sponsored an annual seminar in Rome. This interdisciplinary seminar brings together graduate students and junior faculty members from Italy, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the rest of the world.

Annual Lecture Series

The Rome Global Gateway features leading scholars in a variety of disciplines. The Lectures are either in English or Italian and are designed for—and open to—the Italian and international scholarly community. Each lecture is followed by a light reception at the Gateway.

Seminars, Book Presentations and Workshops

The RGG develops and promotes a wealth of cultural and academic initiatives open to the ND community as well as the scholarly and general public in Rome.


RGG Research in Progress

This seminar series is an informal forum for the presentation and discussion of work "in progress" by faculty, visiting fellows and graduate students associated with the Rome Gateway. It aims at fostering local discussion of various research projects and interests. Past meetings featured Denis RobichaudSelena Anders and Matteo Binasco.

Book Presentations

The RGG organizes and hosts book launches of renowned authors from a variety of fields. Most recently, in 2015 and 2016, works by Jane TylusBarry McCrea and Dana Prescott have been featured.

OVI Videoconference Seminars 2018

Series of seminars, hosted by Italian Studies at Notre Dame in partnership with the CNR Institute Opera del Vocabolario Italiano (OVI), which examines the textual traditions of ancient Italy, focusing on specific geographical areas, including Tuscany, Central Italy, the Veneto, and Southern Italy. Further information about the seminar series may be found here.

Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology

With the kind collaboration of the American Academy in Rome and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV), from 8 to 19 January 2018 the American Academy in Rome offers its Winter School in Latin Paleography and Codicology. The curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the University of Notre Dame, Dr. David T. Gura will teach the course and supervise manuscript research. This two-week intensive course will introduce participants to various aspects of Latin Paleography and Western Codicology, offering a balance of theoretical and practical applications.