Support Notre Dame Press on Notre Dame Day

The University of Notre Dame Press is committed to fostering the next generation of scholars, thinkers, and writers. We work hard to carry out this mission through our support of early career scholars and through our student mentorship and programs.

Last year, we launched the First-Time Author Fund. First-time academic authors often lack the funding and support provided to tenured faculty and do not have an established network, making outreach and advertising more difficult. This new fund underwrites the publication and promotion of a first book by a promising scholar each year to ensure these important ideas and voices reach readers.

“Aside from their core mission to publish vital scholarship, university presses have always played a central role in academic professional development and advancement, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.”

Director Steve Wrinn

Notre Dame Press needs just $2000 more to complete initial funding for the First-Time Author Fund. All gifts from the 2021 Notre Dame Day fundraising drive will support this effort.

Our commitment to the next generation carries through to our work with Notre Dame students. Through our undergraduate student internships and participation in the College of Arts and Letters 5+1 Program for graduate students, we provide direct, hands-on career experience and mentorship. Learn more about how we are shaping future publishing professionals in our student impact video!

Students work side-by-side with staff, gaining valuable professional experience and publishing expertise.

“Working for the press, I was most excited about using creativity to bring upcoming books to life and learning new things in the process. I never expected to be communicating with authors from around the world during my first year at Notre Dame.”

—Ellie Morrison, Business Analytics and Design major

We pride ourselves on providing real-world experience in acquisitions, editing, marketing, sales, design, business, and data management. Additionally, we strive to teach leadership and professional skills that will help them succeed in any future endeavors.

“Because I worked for UND Press, I was completely immersed in how they do their craft and how that world operates. I was able to gain a definite edge when it came to applying for jobs.”

—Ana Jimenez-Moreno, Ph. D. in English, acquisitions editor at The Ohio State University Press 

Beyond Notre Dame’s campus, our acquisitions staff works to prepare graduate students for future success, hosting numerous workshops and lectures exploring how to craft a proposal, how to choose and approach a publisher, and how to transform a dissertation into a book.

To make our books more accessible for research and use in the classroom, we also offer a Student Discount Program for graduate and undergraduate students. Participating students receive deep discounts on all Notre Dame Press books purchased on our website, along with updates on new books and special sales.

To learn more about how you can partner with the Press to encourage intellectual exploration and foster the next generation, please visit our support page or donate to Notre Dame Press on Notre Dame Day. Go Irish!

For more information about the First-Time Author Fund, our student efforts, or how to generally support Notre Dame Press, contact Michelle Sybert at or 574-631-4910.

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