No. 5 - Sept. 1996
Vol. 44 - pp. 31

Focus on NATO

NATO Science Fellowships

Representatives from 14 NATO countries met in Lisbon from 19 to 21 June to coordinate plans for the NATO Science Fellowships Programme. Some 1,300 fellows from both NATO member states and Cooperation Partner countries in Central and Eastern Europe will be selected for NATO fellowships in 1996.

The NATO Science Fellowships Programme provides opportunities for scientists to pursue their work or to continue their training at the most prestigious institutions in both NATO and Cooperation Partner countries. Last year, the programme supported 1,256 fellows from all NATO countries and from 20 Partner countries. Of these, 253 fellows from Partner countries were selected to conduct research or lecture at institutions in NATO nations; 33 NATO member fellows visited Partner institutions.

While centrally coordinated by the NATO Scientific Affairs Division, agencies in each NATO country administer the NATO Science Fellowships Programme. This system permits each country to establish and direct priority support towards its chosen age range, scientific fields and professions, as well as to select the most appropriate level of financial support for fellows. Thus, while four types of fellowships are supported, each country selects the types of fellowship it wishes to make available.

Basic Fellowships are awarded to individuals who have a first university degree and who wish to further their education by following a higher degree course in another country. Advanced Fellowships are awarded to scientists who have a Ph. D. or an equivalent degree and/or sufficient research experience to enable them to conduct independent research in foreign institutions in NATO or Partner countries. Senior Fellowships are intended for scientists of high professional standing who wish to lecture and/or research in institutions in NATO or Partner nations. Senior Guest Fellowships allow scientists of high professional standing to lecture and/or carry out research in the NATO country awarding the fellowship; applications for this type of fellowship are submitted by the inviting scientist or institution, and not by the guest scientist.

The duration of the fellowships, like the level of support, varies by type and from country to country. However, a typical length of basic fellowships is one year, with a renewal in certain cases; the minimum duration for advanced fellowships is usually six months, for senior fellowships, three months, and for senior guest fellowships, three weeks.

Further information can be obtained from Nancy Schulte, Programme Director, NATO Science Fellowships, Fax: (32 2) 707 4231; E-Mail: natodoc@hq.nato.int

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