NATO Defense College Fellowships 2025 (Fully Funded)

Pursue your education in Italy. Good news! Applications for NATO Defense College Fellowships are currently open. In this article, we will explain in detail about this scholarship program, its benefits and step by step application process.

NATO Defense College Fellowship 2025-2026 is a fully funded research scholarship for international students. This fellowship will provide a stipend to cover the costs of his/her stay in Rome and his/her travel expenses.

The NATO Defense College Fellowship is open for international students to undertake research courses in Italy. The NATO Defense College presently offers eight fellowships per year linked to NATO and its partners in the area of defense and security policy studies.

The aim is to encourage study and policy analysis in fields of specific concern to the Member States of NATO, as well as nations that are component of the framework of the Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialog (MD) and Other Military Cooperation (OMC)/Partners throughout the Globe (PAG). The College has granted a total of 109 scholarships in the years up to and including 2017 since the program was launched in 1993.

NATO Defense College’s task is to undertake academic studies and study to promote the broader objectives of the Alliance.

The overarching objective is to promote research and policy analysis in areas of particular interest to NATO Member States, as well as to countries that are part of the Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), and Other Military Cooperation (OMC) / Partners Across the Globe (PAG) frameworks.

The Resident Fellowship Programme has the following specific objectives:

  1. to contribute to the Research Directorate’s calendar of activities by working on topics of interest to the Alliance;
  2. to contribute to research on NATO’s agenda in NATO member and partner countries;
  3. to provide Fellows and Scholars with an opportunity to learn from the NATO community, and acquire a thorough understanding of the College and of working in an international environment;
  4. to expand understanding of NATO and the work of the NDC in NATO partner and member countries;
  5. to provide lectures to the Senior Course (SC) and the NATO Regional Cooperation Course (NRCC) on a case-by-case basis;
  6. to contribute to NDC educational activities;
  7. to help foster the development of Scholars on NATO-related issues.

Scholarship Summary

Scholarship Coverage

NATO Defense College Fellowships provide the recipients with below benefits:

  • Each Fellow will receive a stipend to cover the costs of his/her stay in Rome and his/her travel expenses.

Eligibility Criteria for NATO Defense College Fellowships

To be eligible for NATO Defense College Fellowships, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Required Languages:
    • A very good level of English language proficiency is required.
    • Knowledge of French and/or Italian would also be of benefit but is not essential.
  • Eligible Countries: NATO Member States, as well as to countries that are part of the Partnership for Peace (PfP), Mediterranean Dialogue (MD), and Other Military Cooperation (OMC) / Partners Across the Globe (PAG) frameworks.
  • Candidates must have a good working knowledge of English or French and be computer literate.
  • English Language Requirements: A very good level of English language proficiency is required. Knowledge of French and/or Italian would also be of benefit but is not essential

How to Apply for NATO Defense College Research Fellowships?

Please follow the following instructions to avail this scholarship.

  1. Fill out the online application.
  2. Send separately in a single pdf file a CV, ID (Passport or national ID), and a short biography to the following email address: fellowships@ndc.nato.int

Website

To know more about NATO Defense College Fellowships, please visit the official website:

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