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 2018-2019 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, 2018, or up to three years prior. This nine-month post-doctoral position runs from early August 2018 until mid-May 2019. 

The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers English language support and enhancement for international graduate students and visiting faculty. The goal of the program is to empower international students and faculty 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 regularly-scheduled workshops, and teach a one-semester course.

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

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 (ESL) 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 Acquisition theories prior to their employment and on-going methodological instruction throughout the year of their appointment. EAP post-doctoral scholars are trained in curriculum and workshop development and provided with an array of references, textbooks, and technological aids to support their teaching and tutoring. Following this training, the post-doctoral scholars who have performed their duties satisfactorily will receive a certificate in Second Language Acquisition Theories and Methods.


Applicants must be current or recent graduate students from Notre Dame's College of Arts and Letters. At the time of application, applicants should have a scheduled defense date. The dissertation must be defended and revisions submitted by August 1, 2018, or up to three years prior. When selected, EAP post-doctoral scholars are required to attend professional preparation sessions in May and additional preparation sessions starting in early August 2018. The dates for these sessions will be decided upon in consultation with post-docs and the EAP coordinator.

Eligible candidates must also agree to fulfill all duties required by the EAP Fellowship Job Description.

Application Deadline

Application documents must be submitted by 9:00am on Saturday, March 31, 2018. 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 an interest in 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 2018. Post-docs are encouraged to attend one EAP workshop and one tutoring session during the Spring term and to attend training sessions in May in preparation for the following academic year.

Application Materials and Procedures

Acceptable applications will be in PDF format, will be submitted to the EAP Post-Doc Application Form, and will include the following in one file:

  1. A one-page cover letter indicating why the applicant is interested in the EAP Post-doc Fellowship and how their personal, academic, and professional experiences make them an excellent candidate for such a position
  2. Proof of a successfully defended dissertation OR a letter from the director of graduate studies confirming that the applicant has a dissertation defense date scheduled before August 1, 2018.
  3. A current CV, which may include non-academic work experience
  4. Scans or copies of teaching evaluations (CIFs)

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


  • Two recommendation letters from faculty or staff members that address the applicant’s strengths as a scholar, teacher, and/or employee should be sent separately by the authors themselves with the applicant's name in the file title. PDFs are preferred, but other electronic formats are acceptable. The recommendation letter file shall be attached to an email addressed to Lisa Oglesbee at loglesbe@nd.edu. 

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