2016 NATO PA Research Assistant Programme

The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs ten research assistants including candidates from non-NATO members as part of the Loïc Bouvard Scholarship.

Among the 10 research assistants who work each year at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly's International Secretariat, five start in late January and finish in early June. The other five start in August and finish in late November/early December.



Candidates must have a Master's degree (or equivalent) in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field. Experience in government or policy research institutions is a further asset.

Preference is given to candidates who have recently completed their Master’s degree.

Applicants with PhDs or current PhD candidates will not be considered for this position.

Candidates must be fluent in oral and written English and/or French. If neither is a mother tongue, applicants should be prepared to demonstrate certified evidence of language skills upon request. Knowledge of another language(s) is a further asset.


The research assistant's main task is to contribute, at the request of Committee Directors or Senior Management, to the research necessary for the drafting of Assembly reports and other documents such as background information documents and drafts of speeches. Research assistants attend the parliamentary Sessions of the Assembly and are asked to assist in note taking and summary writing. As part of the larger NATO PA team, research assistants are occasionally asked to complete basic administrative tasks.


Research assistants are hired for a 3.5 to 5-month period, depending on the Assembly's yearly calendar. The programme begins in either January or August, with a one month probation period. Research assistants receive a monthly stipend of 750€ and are also provided with spacious, shared accommodation in a recently renovated, five-bedroom house in the European quarter of Brussels. The programme includes a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the programme. Reimbursement for travel to and from Brussels is considered on a case-by-case basis and must comply with the financial procedures of the Assembly.

More details about the conditions for the programme will be provided to selected candidates upon receipt of an official offer from the Director of the Research Assistant Programme.

Application Period

We are now accepting applications for the 2016 programme period that will start in January 2016. Recruitment for the start date in June 2016 will take place in the spring, please check back for more details.

Application Deadline for the January 2016 start: 23 October 2015

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 Source: www.nato-pa.int