Training the Next Generation of Graduate Student

The GLOBES mission is to train a new breed of students capable of developing and implementing comprehensive strategies that combine science, technology, and public engagement skills. These students will be the innovators and difference-makers for our future and the future of the planet.


The GLOBES Certificate in Environment and Society is one step students can take to begin to devise and implement solutions to pressing environmental and global health problems.The certificate program is open to all Notre Dame students enrolled in doctoral degree programs. J.D. students and terminal masters degree students are also welcome to apply. 

Learning goals for the GLOBES Certificate are:

  1. Develop communication skills and leadership capabilities within a strong ethics framework
  2. Acquire expertise in a secondary field of interest to extend and complement primary dissertation research
  3. Engage with diverse publics/agencies/policymakers concerned with challenges to the environment
  4. Build professional resumes and enhance career opportunities with interdisciplinary research and education
GLOBES Certification in Environment and Society is an innovative, 3-part process:

1) Interdisciplinary Training (2 seminars and 2 training modules, total of 4 credits)

Upon admission, GLOBES students enroll in a 1-credit course each semester during the first two years. The GLOBES Seminar takes place during Fall Semester and uses a current topic as a lens to examine how different fields work together to address contemporary, environmental issues. A Training Module (intensive, short course format) is held during Spring Semester and alternates communication skill training with environmental policy and other topics on a yearly basis. Students may enter the yearly rotation schedule at any time during their first through third years of study.

2) Integrative Research Component

Students develop an interdisciplinary research project as a component of the dissertation, extending the disciplinary themes along an applied policy, societal, or novel dimension not generally considered in the student’s field of study. This project can take the form of a chapter of the dissertation or its equivalent (e.g., publication or other media product). The student develops a plan of study in consultation with the major professor and with the guidance of an external advisor whose expertise is outside of the primary discipline. See the GLOBES Faculty Advisor Listing.

A project proposal is submitted to the GLOBES Executive Committee for approval and comment by the 4th year of study. Oversight of the final project is in two parts: 1) a formal abstract is submitted to the GLOBES Executive Committee for review and 2) dual endorsement from the major advisor and external advisor certifying the interdisciplinary merits of the project and the work effort by the student.

See GLOBES Research Projects for examples of interdisciplinary projects by GLOBES graduates.

3) Community of Scholars

Students are active contributors to the GLOBES community by participating in group projects, discussion groups, and formal and informal gatherings that make up the GLOBES interdisciplinary training experience. More senior students provide peer-to-peer mentoring of new students to welcome and advise new GLOBES participants.  

Communication training that aids scientists and researchers in crafting clear and effective reseach messages for multiple audiences is a hallmark of the GLOBES Certificate program. Learn more about GLOBES modules that build this important skill set here.

For more detailed information on Certificate requirements, guidelines, and sample programs of study, see the GLOBES Certificate Guidelines 2016

How to apply:
  1. GLOBES Seminar_JJ Daboub

    Complete the one-page application form. Find the fillable form here: Globes Certificate Application 2018 Form
  2. Attach a current CV or resume to the application.
  3. Have your major advisor sign the application form and return to the GLOBES Administrative Coordinator. 

See the GLOBES Brochure PDF

See the GLOBES Certificate FAQ

For more information on policy fellowship opportunities, see Useful Links.