EAP Post-Doctoral Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures is pleased to announce two English for Academic Purposes (EAP) post-doctoral fellowships for the 2017-2018 academic year. These competitive positions will be awarded to two current or former Notre Dame graduate students in the College of Arts and Letters who have successfully defended their dissertations by August 1, 2017, or up to three years prior. 

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers English support and enhancement for international graduate students. The goal of the program is to empower international students to maximize their academic success through coursework, workshops, tutoring, and self-study resources. 

The EAP post-doctoral scholars are an integral part of the EAP program at Notre Dame. As such, they provide one-on-one tutoring, lead bi-weekly workshops, and teach a one-semester course for international graduate students. This nine-month post-doctoral position runs from early August, 2017 until mid-May, 2018.   

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Post-docs’ Seminar and Mentoring Program

The EAP Seminar is offered through the Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures (CSLC) and provides EAP post-docs with foundational knowledge in both second language acquisition theories and English as a Second Language teaching methodologies that will assist them in their roles as teachers and tutors in the EAP Program. All training is led by the EAP Program Coordinator. This training includes a series of sessions on second language theories prior to their employment and on-going methodological instruction throughout the year of the appointment. EAP post-docs are trained in curriculum and workshop development and provided with an array of references, textbooks, and technological aids to support their teaching and tutoring.


Applicants must be current or recently former graduate students from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. At the time of application, applicants should have at least passed all departmental Ph.D. candidacy examinations, have a committee-approved dissertation topic, be in the writing phase of their dissertation, and have a set date for their defense. The dissertation must be defended by August 1, 2017, or up to three years prior. When selected, EAP post-docs are expected to attend workshops and training sessions in the spring and to attend more training starting in early August, 2017. 

Eligible candidates must also agree to fulfill the duties required by the EAP Post-Doc Job Description.

Application Deadline

Application documents must be submitted to Lisa Oglesbee, the EAP Program Coordinator, before a date to be determined in the middle of the 2017 spring semester. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 


The selection committee will consider the candidate’s overall academic performance, whether or not the applicant has defended his or her dissertation (or is scheduled to defend prior to the start date), prior teaching experience and evaluations, and faculty/staff recommendations.

Preferred Applicants

Preferred applicants will be motivated by a strong interest in the English language, the language acquisition process, and teaching, and possess a devotion for helping international graduate students succeed in their academic goals. Additionally, preference will be given to applicants who have studied a foreign language and/or spent time living or studying abroad.


Decisions will be announced before the summer break of 2017. Post-docs are required to attend one EAP workshop and one tutoring session during the spring term and to attend training sessions in preparation for the following academic year. 

Application Materials and Procedures

Acceptable applications will be in PDF format, will be submitted to the email address [specified email address], and will include the following:

  1. A one-page cover letter indicating why the applicant is interested in the EAP Post-doc Fellowship and how his/her personal, academic, and professional experiences make the applicant an excellent candidate for such a position
  2. A separate page listing:
    a. Name of the applicant’s graduate adviser
    b. Semester and year of entry into graduate studies at Notre Dame
    c. Expected graduation date
  3. Proof of a successfully defended dissertation OR a letter from the director of graduate studies confirming that:
    • The applicant has had his or her dissertation proposal approved
    • The applicant is scheduled to defend his or her dissertation by or before August 1, 2017
  4. A current CV, which may include non-academic work experience 
  5. Scans or copies of teaching evaluations (CIFs)
  6. Two recommendation letters from faculty or staff members that address the applicant’s strengths as a scholar, teacher, and/or employee (sent separately by the authors themselves with the applicant's name in the file title)

Candidates should submit all documents (except the recommendations) in one PDF file, at one time, in one email. The file should be named with the applicant's family name followed by his or her first name (e.g., "Oglesbee Lisa") Applications not submitted in PDF format will not be considered. 

For more information, contact Lisa Oglesbee, EAP Coordinator at: 329 DeBartolo Hall / 574-631-4227