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NATO Defense College (NDC) Resident Fellowship Programme


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 currently closed until 31 March 2022

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 Thierry Tardy, Director, Research Division, and Dr Andrea Gilli, Senior Research Fellow.


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: the PhD Candidate Fellowship is designed for PhD students whose research topic is NATO related and who have not defended their dissertation before the start of the fellowship. The NDC offers one 3-month long fellowship per year in this category.

  • Junior Scholars: the Eisenhower Defense Fellowship is designed for scholars who obtained their PhD in the 10 years before the start of the fellowship. The NDC offers one 3-month long fellowship per year in this category.

  • Senior Scholars: the Senior Eisenhower Defense Fellowship is designed for scholars who obtained their PhD more than 10 years from the start of the fellowship. 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, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, 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: Afghanistan, Australia, 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

Candidates must fill in the on-line registration form and attach in a single pdf file a CV + one page research proposal + 2 reference names.

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).

Selected candidates are notified in writing.

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.