Fellowship Programmes

  • 10 Feb. 2016
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  • Last updated: 10 February 2016

Applications for the 2017 Fellowship Programme will open on 01 March 2016

The NATO Defense College currently offers seven fellowships each year in the field of defence & security policy research & related to NATO and its partners. The objective is to promote research and political consulting in areas of particular interest to the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC), to NATO's partners in the Partnership for Peace (PfP) and to NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) partners and Other Military Cooperation (OMC) / Partners Across the Globe (PAG).

Since the programme's inception in 1993 and up until the end of 2014, the College has awarded a total of 86 fellowships.

NEW: NDC Eisenhower Defence Fellowship Programme

The NATO Defense College (NDC) is pleased to announce a new research opportunity for citizens of NATO member states: the NDC Eisenhower Defence Fellowship programme named after the College’s founder, General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Beginning in 2015, each year the NDC Research Division will select, on a competitive basis, two NDC Eisenhower Defence Fellowships. Each fellowship lasts four months and each fellow receives a stipend to cover his or her travel expenses (as well as the costs of his/her stay in Rome) while conducting research at the NDC. Applicants are invited to submit proposals reflecting the priorities and challenges for the Alliance as outlined in the 2010 Strategic Concept and the 2014 Wales Summit Declaration, by completing and forwarding the Application Form to the NDC Research Division. While not excluding other topics, in 2016 preference will be given to those proposals addressing the following topics: Russia, security and defence challenges on the Eastern and Southern Flanks of the Alliance and relations with strategic partners. The full Terms and Conditions of the fellowship, as well as the Application Form, can be downloaded from this webpage.

The deadline for applications regarding the 2016 NDC Eisenhower Defence Fellowship program is 30 September 2015.

Partnership for Peace (PfP) Fellowships

Two fellowships are made available each year for applicants from PfP countries. Each fellowship lasts four months and each fellow receives a stipend to cover his or her travel expenses and the costs of his or her stay in Rome while conducting research at the NDC. Applicants should be citizens of PfP countries, as specified in the Fellowship Terms and Conditions and the Application Form. They are invited to submit proposals in the area of NATO and Euro-Atlantic security, by completing and forwarding their Application Form to NDC Research Division. The full Terms and Conditions of the fellowship, as well as the Application Form, can be downloaded from this webpage.

Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) Fellowships

Two fellowships are also made available each year for applicants from MD countries. Each fellowship lasts four months and each fellow receives a stipend to cover his or her travel expenses and the costs of his or her stay in Rome while conducting research at the NDC. Applicants should be citizens of partner countries in the Mediterranean Dialogue, as specified in the Fellowship Terms and Conditions and the Application Form. They are invited to submit proposals relating to NATO and Mediterranean security, by completing and forwarding their Application Form to NDC Research Division. The full Terms and Conditions of the fellowship, as well as the Application Form, can be downloaded from this webpage.

Other Military Cooperation (OMC) / Partners Across the Globe (PAG)

One fellowship is also made available each year for applicants from OMC / PAG countries. Each fellowship lasts four months and each fellow receives a stipend to cover his or her travel expenses and the costs of his or her stay in Rome while conducting research at the NDC. Applicants should be citizens of partner countries, as specified in the Fellowship Terms and Conditions and the Application Form. They are invited to submit proposals relating to NATO and Global Security, by completing and forwarding their Application Form to NDC Research Division. The full Terms and Conditions of the fellowship, as well as the Application Form, can be downloaded from this webpage.

Selection Procedure

The NDC Research Fellowship Selection Committee meets in the month of October each year, to review all the applications received. A staff member of NDC Research Division may even contact prospective candidates for further clarification of their applications before that date, but applicants should be aware that a final decision on their application will only be made at the Committee meeting in October. The Committee may select up to seven candidates for fellowship positions in the following calendar year: two candidates from PfP, two from MD partner countries, one from OMC/PAG countries and two from NATO countries for the NDC Eisenhower Defence Fellowship. Selected candidates will be notified in writing immediately thereafter and they will receive the latest version of the NDC Fellows' Manual to prepare themselves for their stay at the College in Rome. Due to the large number of applicants, only candidates selected for the Fellowships will be contacted.

NOTE: Research proposal with no relation to NATO will not be taken into consideration.

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