How to Apply

How to Apply to the Kevin and Cynthia O'Brien Undergraduate Program in International Security


The Kevin and Cynthia O'Brien Undergraduate Program in International Security allows for you to apply to either the NDISC Undergraduate Fellows Program or the interdisciplinary International Security Studies Minor.

Are you ready to apply to the NDISC Undergraduate Fellows Program? We’re excited to hear from you! 

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Are you ready to enroll into the International Security Studies Minor? Ask your academic advisor to initiate a curriculum change eForm today!


The NDISC Undergraduate Fellows Program is designed for political science majors and other interested students at Notre Dame who are able to complete all of the requirements, including a two-semester thesis. Many of our courses count toward the political science major. If you are not a political science or related major, or would prefer a more interdisciplinary program, consider our International Security Studies Minor, open to Notre Dame students in any program of study. 

GPA requirement

The NDISC Fellows Program is a competitive program. 3.84 is the current requirement for minimum cum laude honors.

We understand that GPAs often increase over time and that some students face challenges along the way. Students whose GPA is below cum laude may submit an additional paragraph to their statement of interest justifying their current GPA and explaining why it will improve.

There is no GPA requirement for the minor.


For the Undergraduate Fellows Program, make sure you review the requirements as this is a competitive program. Once you have verified your eligibility, complete our online application. The NDISC faculty will review your application and be in contact with you regarding next steps.

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For the International Security Studies Minor, make sure you also review the requirements for this academic program. After that, all you need to do to enroll is to meet with your academic advisor to submit a curriculum change eForm to add the "International Security Studies (ISS-POLS)" minor!

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