• Last updated: 23 Jun. 2020 13:21
Young Professionals Programme


  • Eligibility

    Can I apply, if my country is not a NATO Member State?

    No, only nationals of NATO Member States can apply for any NATO vacancy, including the Young Professionals Programme.

    I have more than one nationality. Can I still apply?

    Yes, you can. However, you can apply only under one nationality. You will be required to indicate your NATO nationality under the ‘Personal Information’ section of the application form.

    I have less than one year of professional work experience. Can I still apply?

    No, only candidates with at least one year of work experience can apply for the YPP. In case you do not meet this criteria, we would advise you to apply for the Internship Programme or the YPP in the following year.

    I will graduate only after the application period is over. Can I still apply?

    No, in order to be eligible, you must already have finished your studies by the application deadline. In case you do not meet this criteria, we would advise you to apply in the following year.

  • Application process

    When can I apply for the YPP?

    The Young Professionals Programme is a new NATO-wide initiative. It is expected that it will be advertised in the first quarter of every year.

    I do not have an English or French version of my diploma. What should I do?

    Nearly all universities issue an English version of the awarded diploma. Should this not be your case, please submit the scanned version of a notary-approved translation in either English or French. You will be required to present the original document in case you will be selected.

    Will my application be screened?

    Yes, all applications will be screened with the help of the pre-screening questions focusing on the eligibility criteria. Please make sure that you fulfill all of the criteria before you apply and note that all replies to the pre-screening questions will be vetted.

    I submitted my application, but I need to make some changes. What can I do?

    Please inform us of any changes in your contact details as soon as possible by sending an email to mailbox.ypp@hq.nato.int. No other information/documentation can be changed or added.

    Can I apply to other NATO jobs other than the YPP?

    Yes, you can apply to other NATO jobs, in case you fulfill the eligibility criteria.

    I submitted my application a week ago, and there is no answer. When will you respond?

    The initial assessment of all submitted applications commences after the application deadline. We will respond to you during the summer period.

    Do I need to be an expert in the area to apply?

    No, you do not need to be an expert. Although you must have at least one year of professional work experience at the time of application, we are looking for highly skilled Young Professionals from all backgrounds who fulfill the eligibility criteria and have the potential to grow and develop.

    Do I need to have a military background to apply?

    No. NATO is a political and military alliance, employing both civilian and military personnel. The Young Professionals Programme accepts both civilian and military candidates who fulfill the necessary criteria.

    Some important topics for NATO, such as capability development, are not included as work areas. Why is that?

    The YPP intends to be an inclusive and diverse programme that will onboard young professionals with a diversity of backgrounds. These young professionals may be highly qualified to deliver on certain topics but are not necessarily aware of the terminology used by NATO to describe them. This is why all work areas have been defined in a way that is understandable to a wide pool of candidates.  

  • Selection process

    Where will the YPP selection process happen?

    The whole selection process will take place online, you will not be asked to travel or attend any of the selection stages or an interview in person.

    How can I prepare for an online interview?

    Should you be invited to an online interview, we will send you the necessary information regarding the preparation beforehand.

  • Successful candidates

    Can I choose the NATO bodies I would like to work for?

    No. In order to enable your professional and personal growth, your profile is matched with the functional area needs of the NATO bodies. For this reason, it is not possible to select the locations you would like to work in.

    When will the placement locations and timelines be communicated?

    Once the selection process is concluded, successful candidates will be informed about when and where will they work over the next three years.

    What is a security clearance and why do I need one?

    To be able to work at NATO and handle classified information, you need a security clearance that is issued by your country of nationality. If you are selected for a position, we will initiate the process for obtaining a security clearance.

    Do I need a visa or residence permit to start working in the countries of assignment?

    Yes. Depending on your nationality and the area of assignment, you might need a visa or work permit. These details will be discussed with you upon your successful application.

  • Employment at NATO

    What are my chances of employment at NATO after the YPP?

    YPP placements are not linked to any further employment contract with NATO. To be employed in a different capacity, you will need to apply for a position and undergo a merit-based and competitive recruitment process.