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NATO Defense College (NDC) Resident Fellowship Programme - NDC Research Division


Eisenhower Defense (EISD) Fellowship,
Partnership for Peace (PfP),
Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) and
Other Military Cooperation/Partners Across the Globe (OMC/PaG)

Applications for Fellowships are closed until 15 April 2024

Description of the Programme

In place since 1993, and counting over 130 alumni, the NDC Resident Fellowship Programme currently consists of four sub-programmes for a total of eight fellowships per year. It is designed for international security scholars/academics/researchers of NATO Allies and its Partners.
The Resident Fellowship Programme is under the supervision of Dr Florence Gaub, Director, Research Division.


a/ Eisenhower Defense Fellowships

The Eisenhower Defense (EISD) Fellowships is designed for scholars/academics/researchers of NATO Allies. It consists of 3 different fellowships:

  • PhD candidates: Candidates for the Eisenhower PhD candidate Fellowship must be PhD Students enrolled in a University Programme at PhD level, with a thesis topic that has a direct relevance to NATO’s policy. Candidates for this Fellowship must be at the final stage of their research and provide evidence of their advanced work. The NDC offers one 3-month long fellowship per year in this category.

  • Junior Scholars: Candidates applying to the Eisenhower Defense Fellowship must have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as a solid publication record on international security-related issues. The NDC offers one 3-month long fellowship per year in this category.

  • Senior Scholars: Candidates applying to the Senior Eisenhower Defense Fellowship must have a PhD in a relevant discipline as well as a minimum of ten years’ relevant professional experience since receiving their doctoral degree, and a solid publication record on international security-related issues. The NDC offers one 5-month long fellowship per year in this category.


b/ Partnership for Peace Fellowships

The Partnership for Peace (PfP) Fellowships is designed for scholars/academics/researchers of PfP countries. Two 5-month long fellowships are awarded each year in this category. Countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Ireland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Moldova, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.


c/ Mediterranean Dialogue Fellowships

The Mediterranean Dialogue (MD) Fellowships is designed for scholars/academics/researchers of MD countries. Two 5-month long fellowships are awarded each year in this category. Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.


d/ Other Military Cooperation/Partners Across the Globe Fellowship (OMC/PaG)

The OMC/PaG Fellowship is designed for scholars/academics/researchers of OMC/PaG countries. One 5-month long fellowship is awarded each year in this category. Countries: Australia, Colombia, Iraq, Japan, Pakistan, Republic of Korea, New Zealand, and Mongolia.

Dual citizens can apply to all the fellowships for which they are eligible.


Objectives and responsibilities

The overarching objective of the Resident Fellowship Programme is to promote research and policy analysis in areas of particular interest to NATO Member States, as well as to its partners.

During their fellowship, fellows are required to:

  • conduct research on their research project and write a research essay;
  • present their research project before completing their fellowship;
  • act as mentors of a committee’s study project in the NDC Senior Course in case of need;
  • contribute to NDC research activities.


Application and selection procedure (Last year)

Candidates must fill in the on-line registration form , and send separately: a signed copy of the 2024 Terms & Conditions, and in a single pdf file a CV, ID (Passport or national ID), and a short biography to the following email address: [email protected]

The research proposal must have a relevance to NATO’s current agenda and future (Research proposals unrelated to NATO or incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration).

Deadline for applications (last year): 15 June 2023 (23.59 CET)

Selected candidates were notified in writing at the latest by 31 July 2023.

The selection process considers the applicant’s CV (publication and previous research experience), as well as his/her research proposal and how relevant to NATO it is.

Please note that the NDC Research Division cannot provide comments and feedbacks on applicants’ proposals both during and after the selection process.




Engaging the Younger Generation


Over the last four years, the NDC Research Division has developed a number of initiatives aiming at engaging the younger generation in NATO-related debates and policy-making.

This includes the four following activities:

  • PhD Candidate Eisenhower Fellowship
    In 2019, a PhD Candidate Eisenhower Fellowship was established. One of the 9 residential NDC Research Fellowships, this PhD Candidate Eisenhower Fellowship is offered annually to a PhD Candidate working on a NATO-related topic. It lasts three months.
  • Early-Career Nuclear Strategists Workshop (ECNSW)
    In 2019, the Research Division created an annual Workshop that targets young scholars focusing on (nuclear) deterrence; every year in early July, the NDC brings together 12 to 15 young scholars for a 2-day workshop in which participants present their research to their peers and are mentored by prominent scholars. Some of the papers presented are also published in the NDC Research Paper series.
    The Early-Career Nuclear Strategists Workshop (ECNSW) is organized in coordination with the NATO Nuclear Policy Directorate.
    The latest edition of the ECNSW took place from 6 to 8 July 2022.
    The 5th Edition of the ECNSW will take place over three days from 21-23 June 2023.
  • Annual Future Leaders’ Conference (AFLC)
    In 2022, the NDC launched a new initiative through its Annual Future Leaders’ Conference (AFLC). The first edition took place in March 2022 and brought together a group of 30 young scholars and NATO officials for a series of activities relating to the 2022 NATO Strategic Concept. This event will take place on an annual basis.
    The Annual Future Leaders’ Conference (AFLC) is organized in coordination with the NATO Policy Planning Unit.
    The 2nd AFLC took place 16-17 March 2023 in collaboration with the College of Europe in Bruges and Natolin, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Bologna, and NATO's Policy Planning Unit, amongst other institutions. The NDC invited roughly 30 participants to debate and discuss NATO policy in an era of renewed strategic competition.
  • Publications
    Over the last four years, the NDC Research Division has also largely opened its publications to young scholars, both in its
    series and in its
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