NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Research Assistant Programme

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The NATO Parliamentary Assembly usually employs ten paid Research Assistants from NATO member and Associate nations each year. In general, five of these start in late January and finish in early June. The second group starts in August and finishes in late November or early-December.

Candidates from bothNATO member countriesandNATO Associate countriesare welcome to apply for the Research Assistant Programme.

Every effort is made to assess applications objectively, but many factors must be taken into account. These include the need fora regional balanceamong participants in the programme. Consequently, it is rare to select two candidates from the same nation for the same intake.

Due to the large number of applicants,only candidates selected to participate will be contacted. The names of those selected will be published on this website.

All applications from candidates with the appropriate qualifications are placed on a list for consideration. Their names remain on the list for consideration for about twelve months. Candidates are requested to inform the Assembly if they cease to be available to take up a position during that time.


Candidates must possess a first degree and a Master's degree (or equivalent) inPolitical Science,International Relationsor related subjects (backgrounds government or policy research institutions).

Preference will be given to candidates whohave recently completed their Master's degree. Ph.D. candidates and those who have recently completed their doctoral work are also welcome to apply but should recognize that during their tenure with the NATO PA, their workday will be dedicated to Assembly defined projects.


The International Secretariat of the Assembly is based inBrusselsand is staffed by some 30 people from the various NATO member countries. The main task of research assistants is to contribute, at the request of Committee Directors or Senior Management, to the research necessary for the drafting of the Assembly reports and other documents. The job occasionally entails some administrative work, but most tasks are research oriented.


Research assistants are recruited for a four to five-month period with a one-month probationary period. Due to the Assembly's work schedule, research assistants are usually requested to commence work either in late January or late August. The stipend is EURO 720 net per month. The Assembly provides a spacious and recently renovated shared five-bedroom townhouse in the European quarter ofBrusselsfree of charge for the Researchers, as well as a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the internship.

Candidates should be completely fluent in oral and written English and/or French. If neither is mother tongue, certified evidence of proficiency level will be required. Knowledge of other European languages is a further asset.


Applicants should provide:

- a typewritten or word-processed letter, indicating theirareas of interest and competence,nationality, languages spokenandperiod of availability;

- a curriculum vitæ;

- two letters of recommendation from referees well acquainted with the applicant's recent work

All documents should be forwarded in one package only, either by post or by email, to the address below.

Director of Research Assistant Programme
NATO Parliamentary Assembly
3 place du Petit Sablon
B - 1000Brussels, Belgium

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