Graduate Student Opportunities

The Notre Dame International Security Center (NDISC) offers funding to first and second-field international relations graduate students who are working on topics in national or international security, broadly defined.

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Graduate Research Support

NDISC supports graduate research needs including:

  • research travel, 
  • conference travel, 
  • tuition, 
  • travel for research training,
  • research expenses including 
    • books, subscriptions, research software, and Interfolio costs 

While there is no set amount that can be requested, typically requests are funded in the $2500 range.  

Please submit requests including a paragraph justifying it, a brief budget, and information about other funds supporting the project here.

6th Year Postdoctoral Fellowship

Each year, NDISC can support one to two 6th year post-doctoral fellowships for Notre Dame graduate students.  This support is limited to covering stipend and benefits at the College 6th year post-doctoral fellow rates.  

Please submit applications consisting of a c.v., a research statement, and three letters of reference here.

Graduate Student Fellowship

NDISC has full funding to support one graduate student for 5 years who intends to pursue research in a core area of international or national security.  

This fellowship is only open to first field international relations graduate students. Candidates for this fellowship will be identified by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Admissions Committee and selected by recommendation to the Director and Principals of NDISC.




American Defense Policy After Twenty Years of War

Author: Webb, Jim

The American scorecard for foreign policy achievements over the past twenty years is, frankly, pretty dismal. And without talking our way all around the globe, it’s clear that the most dismal score goes to the stupidest mistakes. We fought one war that we never should have fought and another war whose objectives...

Symposium: Time to bring all U.S. troops home from the Middle East

Is the United States truly ready to get its military forces out of the Middle East? Should it? Considering there are upwards of 60,000 troops in the region today, many of them stationed on bases in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, this is a question ripe for debate. In a new paper for the Quincy Institute, University of Notre Dame scholar Eugene Gholz argues in detail that the fundamental reasons for American military involvement there — security, oil, human rights — no longer apply, and that staying there only...  

Oral History Transcript

James Webb, former U.S. Senator from Virginia, has been a combat Marine, a counsel in the Congress, an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the Navy, an Emmy-award winning journalist, a filmmaker, a professor of literature, a resident fellow at two of America’s most prestigious universities, and is the author of 10 books. Webb graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968, one of 18 midshipmen to receive...

What We Are Reading Today: Promoting Peace with Information by Dan Lindley

Author: Arab News

It is normally assumed that international security regimes such as the UN can reduce the risk of war by increasing transparency among adversarial nations.  The more adversaries understand each other’s intentions and capabilities, the thinking goes, the less likely they are to be led to war by miscalculations and unwarranted fears. But how is transparency provided, how does it actually work, and how effective is it in preserving or restoring peace?  In Promoting Peace with Information, Dan Lindley provides...