Creating a World Without Nuclear Weapons

A Week-Long Seminar Focused on Developing the Next Generation of Nonproliferation Specialists and Activists

May 25-29, 2020


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Notre Dame Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office
1400 16th St., NW, Ste. 120
Washington, D.C.


Application deadline is December 2, 2019. 



This seminar is part of a larger effort to empower a new generation of leaders to contribute to wider efforts to stop nuclear proliferation and further reduce, and ultimately eliminate, nuclear weapons.  

Nti Pic2019 seminar participants at the Nuclear Threat Initiative headquarters

The one-week experience for rising college sophomores through graduating seniors and select graduate students will equip participants with multidisciplinary knowledge about nonproliferation and disarmament, and will take full advantage of experiential learning opportunities alongside key arms control institutions and experts in Washington, D.C. Students will also learn about ways they can get involved on their own campuses. They will also be exposed to internship and career opportunities in the field. 

The seminar is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University, and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. 




This seminar is an intense academic and praxis week which aims to provide a comprehensive view of the history and current controversies surrounding nuclear weapons and United States policy. Particular attention will be given to the challenges of current trends in nuclear weapons modernization and expansion and to the evolving Catholic position on nuclear weapons and disarmament. Lecturers and other resource persons will be experts from both academia and practice in the field of arms and security. Hands-on group exercises and practical applications, policy discussions, and engagement will be an integral part of the program.


Core faculty members for the seminar include: 

Our faculty will be joined by policy specialists and experts on nonproliferation and nuclear disarmament from Washington, D.C., arms control organizations. Specific speakers will be announced at a later date. 


Application, Costs, and Requirements   


The Institute will be limited to 25 students. Applicants must be rising college sophomores through graduating seniors, or graduate students, that commit to attend the entire institute, May 25-29, 2020.  


In addition, accepted applicants must:

  • Complete a pre-assessment form upon acceptance to the program
  • Complete hotel registration and meet payment deadlines
  • Participate in an online orientation conference call a month prior to the institute
  • Complete the readings provided in the resource book (available by February 1, 2019)
  • Complete a post-program evaluation

Participants will be expected to pay for their own travel expenses, lodging, and transportation costs to and from the hotel while in D.C. Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily by the host. There will also be a welcome dinner. Participants will be responsible for evening meals on their own.

Please note that accommodations are double occupancy, with two queen beds per room and two participants per room who will share the costs of accommodations.  A block of rooms will be made available at the Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House. Detailed instructions for hotel reservations and booking deadlines will be sent to participants upon notification of acceptance.

The hotel cost is $104.50 per night, per person plus tax. Total cost for four nights double occupancy accommodations per participant is $418.00 plus taxes of approx. $62.50.

Reservation deposits must be made by February 15th, 2020. Final payment is due on or before Friday, April 17, 2020.  Please note that hotel reservations canceled at 6 p.m. or after on May 25, 2020, will be charged a non-refundable, one night penalty payable by the participant.

Participants are welcome to find alternative housing on their own. 

Limited assistance may be available for those who need help with airfare and hotel expenses. Students are also encouraged to seek funding from their home institution.

All day sessions will be held at the Washington offices of Notre Dame's Keough School of Global Affairs: 1400 16th Street NW, Ste. 120, Washington, D.C.

Download the full program information and schedule >>>


Applications are due by December 2, 2019. Decisions will be conveyed to applicants by December 16, 2019. 


Questions? Contact Annie Ortega-Shyne at or Gerard Powers at