Press Release (96)84

4 June 1996

NATO Research Fellowships Programme 1996-1998

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is pleased to announce the award of 92 fellowships to citizens of NATO member nations and cooperation partner countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The aim of these NATO fellowships is to promote research leading to publication in two distinct areas.

The first type of fellowship is awarded to citizens of NATO member countries for the study of aspects of common interests and shared values of the Alliance. This category of award aims at both individual projects and institutions, the latter in the form of support for research groups. This year 24 fellowships have been granted.

The second category originates from the May 1989 NATO Summit, which decided to establish a new Fellowship Programme whose goal was to promote the study of democratic institutions. These fellowships are aimed exclusively at citizens of Central and Eastern European countries. This year 67 such fellowships have been awarded.

At their Spring 1995 meeting, NATO Foreign Ministers established the Manfred Wörner Fellowship. The purpose of this Fellowship, endowed with BEF 800,000, is to honour the memory of the former Secretary General by focusing attention on his leadership in the transformation of the Alliance, including efforts at extending NATOs relations with CEE countries and promoting the principles and image of the Transatlantic partnership. The first winner of the Manfred Wörner Fellowship is Dr Wojtech MASTNY, a Czech born American Professor of Political Science and International Relations. Professor Mastny has undertaken to work on Russian and East European attitudes and policies on NATO.

The membership of the Selection Committee, the names of the NATO Fellows and their study are given at annex. For further information, please contact NATOs Academic Affairs Officer, Dr Spyros C. Philippas, tel: intl 32-2-707 58 18, fax: 32-2-707 47 43.

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