Kellogg International Scholars Program

Conduct RESEARCH in Africa, Asia, and Latin America

Gain RESOURCES to prepare you and fund your research

Build RELATIONSHIPS with faculty and peers


The Kellogg Institute for International Studies offers selected students the opportunity to learn how to do research through one-on-one mentorship with a Kellogg faculty fellow and allows students to engage with an intellectual peer community as well as a well-established alumni network to access opportunities students might not otherwise encounter.



The Kellogg Institute for International Studies offers selected students the opportunity to learn how to do research through one-on-one mentorship with a Kellogg faculty fellow and allows students to engage with an intellectual peer community as well as a well-established alumni network to access opportunities students might not otherwise encounter. The program is designed to bring highly talented and intellectually motivated students with an interest in international studies into the activities of the Institute. Students gain research skills and meet scholars and practitioners from around the world with a goal of completing their own research project in their senior year.

Entering the program after their first year, students develop their research skills by working as a research assistant with a faculty member associated with the Kellogg Institute. During this time, students focus on developing their research skills and gain a greater understanding of their own research interests.  In the junior year, students may choose a new faculty member with whom to work or continue with the same faculty member.  Students also begin to develop the details for a senior thesis or capstone project. As they develop their own research interests, students can apply for summer grants and fellowships of up to $5000 to cover expenses to do research in the summer. Fellowships are available for sophomores through the Experiencing the World Fellowships and for juniors through the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research grants

During the senior year, students write a senior thesis or capstone project on an international issue under the direction of a Notre Dame faculty member. Students may also continue to do research with their faculty fellow.


Kellogg International Scholars not only have direct access to Kellogg faculty fellows but also to Kellogg events. The Institute hosts prominent scholars and politicians from around the world through its lecture series and conferences. Special opportunities for Kellogg International Scholars to meet with Kellogg visitors and fellows are made available through dinners and meetings.

The community of Kellogg International Scholar is an important part of the program. Younger students in the program gain knowledge about ND programs and classes from upperclassmen. Students also have the opportunity to network with alumni of the program to learn about internships and gain career advice.


Kellogg International Scholars are compensated for the research they conduct for fellows. As a research assistant to a faculty fellow, students have the opportunity to work up to 225 hours per year, for which they are paid a stipend of $10.00 per hour. Hours are scheduled with the Kellogg faculty member to whom the student is assigned to work so all hours can be scheduled around classes. Some of these hours may be worked over the summer.

National Fellowships

Since its establishment in 2003, the Kellogg International Scholars Program has drawn high achieving students who have been honored through many fellowships and awards. Many International Scholars have been awarded Fulbrights, Boren Fellowships, the Gilman Scholarship, as well as the Truman Scholarship. Kellogg International Scholars were named Rhodes Scholars in 2014, 2015 and 2017.  See the full list of award recipients.


Students who would like to apply for this program should be in excellent academic standing and should be completing their freshman year of study. To learn more, click on the “Application” tab above.

2022 Deadline: Thursday, March 31

Students who would like to apply for this program should be in excellent academic standing and should be completing their first year of study.

To apply for the Kellogg International Scholars Program, please go to the online application page. You can login to the application system using your Notre Dame credentials.

2022 Deadline: Thursday, March 31


When you log in, you will be asked to submit the following documents:
  • A short essay (2-3 pages, double-spaced, 12pt. font) explaining your interests in international studies, your research interests and why you would like to be in the program.
  • A résumé
  • A letter of recommendation -The name and email address of a Notre Dame faculty member whom you have asked to write a letter of recommendation. Please request your letter from your recommender several weeks ahead of the deadline.
  • An e-transcript. Please be sure to include current courses. (Click here for instructions on requesting an e-transcript.)

Personal interviews may be required of applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the program.

Inquiries about the program can be made to Holly Rivers at hrivers@nd.edu or 631-6023. Questions about the status of an application can be submitted to Rachel Thiel at rthiel@nd.edu or 631-4846.

Program Selection 

Each year, a limited number of students will be selected for this program through a highly selective process. Faculty recommendations, student interests, and academic records will all contribute to the selection process. Priority will be given to applicants who have already identified, and been recommended by, a Kellogg faculty fellow with whom they would like to work. Interested students should contact Associate Director Holly Rivers (hrivers@nd.edu) with questions about the program.

Students who are completing their first year and who possess strong international interests will be considered each year for this program. The program recognizes that freshmen are only beginning to determine their majors and research interests. As a result, students will have the opportunity to work with several faculty fellows throughout their years in the program.


Students should consider the sophomore year a time to dedicate to developing research skills. The research of the student's first faculty adviser may or may not directly relate to the student's interests but students will gain valuable skills and will begin to develop their own research interests. Sophomores will make a one- semester commitment to their first faculty adviser. Depending on the project deadlines of the faculty adviser and the students' interests, students may choose to work with a different faculty adviser during the spring semester. During the spring semester, students should consider applying for an Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowship to receive funds to carry out research abroad during the summer. Sophomores who have previously received an ETW Fellowship may apply for a second Experiencing the World Fellowship with permission from Holly Rivers. Sophomores should request approval at least a month in advance of the deadline.


During the junior year, students may continue to work with a faculty adviser from the sophomore year or may choose to work with a new faculty member. Students should also begin to develop their research ideas for their senior thesis during this year. Many students will choose to participate in a study abroad program as juniors and all students are encouraged to do so. Depending on the relationship built with the faculty adviser and the research he/she is conducting, it may be possible for the student to continue to work with the faculty adviser during the study abroad experience. Juniors may apply for funding to conduct research abroad during the summer through the Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grants Program.


Most seniors will write a thesis or capstone essay on an international topic under the direction of a Notre Dame faculty member. (The thesis or capstone essay is written in the student's major or minor department.) Students interested in continuing to do research for their faculty adviser during the senior year will have the option to continue research and to be paid. Students should indicate their intent to continue working with their faculty adviser during the senior year on the reapplication submitted in April.


Fall 2021 Meetings




Kellogg International Scholars Program Sophomore Orientation
All sophomore International Scholars are required to attend. This meeting serves as an introduction and orientation to the Program. We will discuss expectations and requirements, and sophomores will be given a chance to get to network with one another.
Monday, August 23, 5pm
1030 Jenkins and Nanovic Halls


Kellogg International Scholars Program Meeting 
All International Scholars are required to attend. We will begin building community for the 2021-22 academic year with opportunities to network. We will also establish future meetings, review expectations, look at the web resources available to Scholars and take photos for the website.
Wednesday, August 25, 5:30pm
Auditorium and Courtyard, Hesburgh Center for International Studies
Register here.



Kellogg International Scholars Meeting 
This is a networking event to help build community and find out how things are going for the sophomores in their first month of the program.
Wednesday, September 15, 6:30pm
Hesburgh Center
All ISP students must register for this event.




Kellogg International Scholars Meeting
All International Scholars are required to attend.
Wednesday, October 27, 6:30pm
Hesburgh Center for International Studies



Kellogg International Scholars End-of Semester Meeting
Senior International Scholars will facilitate small group discussions. Juniors and sophomores will choose the person they want to meet with based on the bios on the website and will be divided into groups based on their choices.
All International Scholars are required to attend.
Wednesday, November 17, 6:30pm
Hesburgh Center for International Studies


Check-In Report

Scholars are responsible for ensuring that they complete mid-term and end of the semester reports. These reports are necessary in order to track scholar progress and report to funder. Report

2021-22 Due Dates:

Wednesday, October 13

Wednesday, December 8

Wednesday, March 2

Reapplication - Wednesday, April 27 - Reapplication Form


Winter Term
Application deadline will be announced soon.


Conferences | Funding Opportunities | Publications


International Scholars may apply for funding of up to $1000 to present their research and/or attend national conferences. The conference should have a clear relation to the scholar’s academic program at Notre Dame.
Conference Funding Requirements (to be sent to Holly Rivers):

  • A one-page proposal that includes a conference description, a web address for the conference, and justification for attendance

  • A budget

  • A statement of support from your ISP faculty adviser sent directly from the adviser to Holly Rivers

Students may not miss any classes while using funding from the Kellogg Institute.

Please note that proposals should be submitted to Holly Rivers at least five weeks in advance of the conference. The Kellogg Institute will initiate a check request once approved students accept the award and turn in any additional requested paperwork. 

The Conference Follow-Up Form should be submitted to Rachel Thiel within two weeks of return.

Campus Conferences

Edith Stein Project (early Spring): The Identity Project of Notre Dame hosts its annual Edith Stein project conference on masculine and feminine human dignity within the context of the Catholic Church. Faculty, students, and members of the larger community are invited to present research and join in the dialogue on issues of faith and culture. For more information visit https://sites.google.com/a/nd.edu/idnd

Human Development Conference (Spring): This conference hosted by the Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity brings together students from Notre Dame as well as other universities in the US and abroad to share their research experiences and perspectives on human development. For more information, visit http://kellogg.nd.edu/hdc

Student Peace Conference (Spring): The Student Peace Conference hosted by the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies is planned by undergraduate students at Notre Dame. It provides students from across the country with a forum to explore issues of peace and social change and to present their research on these topics. http://www3.nd.edu/~peacecon/index.html

Undergraduate Scholars Conference (Spring): This conference sponsored by the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement offers students the opportunity to present their research. Presentations may include senior theses, capstone essays, as well as independent research projects and works of art and design, film, and music. The conference draws over 100 students from various majors and is open to freshmen through seniors. For more information see http://cuse.nd.edu/undergraduate-research/sharing-research/presenting-research/undergraduate-scholars-conference/

Off Campus Conferences

United States Air Force Academy Assembly
African Studies Association Meeting
The American Anthropological Association’s Annual Meeting
American Association for Chinese Studies Annual Conference
The Asian Conference on the Social Sciences
Eastern Economic Association Conference
Forum for Cooperation, Understanding, and Solidarity (FoCUS)
Global Health and Innovation Conference
Global Forum on Health Promotion
Great Lakes Place Based Education Conference
Haitian Studies Association Conference
Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference
Global Development Conference
Latin American Studies Association Conference (LASA)
National Collegiate Research Conference (NCRC)
Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference
Society for Research in Child Development
Student Conference on US Affairs
UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative
United Nations International Conference on Sustainable Development
United Nations Sustainable Development Summit
The United Nations Youth Assembly
Wheatley International Affairs Conference (WIAC)

Funding Opportunities

The following resources are available to International Scholars. When applying for funding, be sure to meet with the administrator of that program before submitting an application.

Language Study Grants
Research Grants
Break Research Grants

International Scholars who would like to do research abroad during fall, winter or spring break or other times during the academic year when classes are not in session may apply for funding of up to $2000 through the Kellogg Institute. (Scholars wishing to apply for funding for summer research should apply for an Experiencing the World Fellowship or Kellogg/Kroc Undergraduate Research Grant.) Scholars may only receive one break research grant per academic year.

All applicants should meet with Associate Director Holly Rivers before the deadline in order to verify that their proposed project and the country site could be supported by the Kellogg Institute.

To apply for a Kellogg ISP Break Research Grant, please go to http://kellogg.fluidreview.com.

You will be asked to create an account and will need to remember your login and password in order to access your application.
When you log in, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • An application form
  • A 3-4 page proposal explaining the purpose of the research, what you will be doing and evidence that you have the skills and ability to carry out the research.
  • Detailed budget for anticipated expenses incurred during the grant period, including travel, food and lodging, and other expenses. Please include a budget justification sheet to explain expenses in detail, including flight itineraries (if you have them), materials, etc.
  • Letter of recommendation from your Kellogg ISP faculty adviser

Students who receive a Kellogg ISP Break Research Grant will be required to complete several processes before they can receive funding.

Please note that you should register your travel with the Notre Dame International Travel Registry before applying for a break research grant.

If you need IRB approval, you should begin the process before applying.

In general, the Kellogg Institute does not fund students to do research while classes are in session.

Spring Break Deadline: This is on hold for academic year 2020-21 until further notice. 


Publications for Undergraduate Research

Below are a few examples of journals that publish undergraduate work. Feel free to send Kellogg information that should be added to this list.

Campus Journals

Journal of Undergraduate Research: The Journal of Undergraduate Research features original scholarship by students from all departments in the College of Arts and Letters and is peer-reviewed by an undergraduate student editorial board. Submissions are accepted through January. For more information visit http://www.nd.edu/~ujournal/

Through Gendered Lenses: Through Gendered Lenses is published annually by the Gender Studies Honor Society and features undergraduate research on issues of gender. For more information visit https://genderstudies.nd.edu/undergraduate/student-opportunities/triota/through-gendered-lenses/

Scientia: Scientia is a student-run online publication that aims to provide a forum through which students can contribute to the advancement of Notre Dame’s scientific community through original research and writing. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, and a print copy is produced annually. For more information visit http://science.nd.edu/research/undergraduate-research/scientia/

Off Campus Journals

The journals below offer scholars the opportunity to learn about research produced by undergraduates around the country.

The Council on Undergraduate Research provides a fairly lengthy list of journals that publish undergraduate research. These journals represent a variety of institutions. For the list of journals visit http://www.cur.org/publications/curquarterly/

Columbia University Journal of Politics and Society

Issues in Political Economy

Journal of Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Excellence

Aporia (Philosophy)

Undergraduate Research Journal for Human Sciences

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