Now more than ever, international alliances and cooperation bring a crucial balance that will bolster our positioning on global challenges. The Turkish Heritage Organization (THO) and the NATO Defense College Foundation (NDCF) are launching the NATO 2030 Global Fellowship sponsored by NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division. The non-resident program is designed to encourage education and empowerment, stressing the importance of NATO’s goals and missions in the 21st century. Themes will be deeply rooted in the NATO 2030 report and overall goals of cohesion, political cooperation, and strengthening NATO’s position as a strategic partnership. NATO’s recent proposals for modernity and innovation call for youth voices to be positioned at the forefront of NATO research and analysis. Representation, diversity, and inclusion are driving forces behind the program.

We are looking for early or mid-career professionals with strong demonstrated interests in transatlantic relations, NATO, international security, or any other relevant field to contribute to pushing forth dialogue and understanding when it comes to NATO. The fellowship role consists of attending monthly educational symposiums, learning from and working with scholars and experts in the field, participating in the research of relevant geopolitical events in terms of NATO framework, the ability to collaborate with other fellows in producing monthly reports, and safe travel to key locations of diplomatic importance.


Within the NATO framework, we hope this program will foster grassroots diplomacy, shape the future of NATO member states and NATO itself through visions and research, and increase young professionals’ and youth actors’ contributions to NATO analysis and action.


Program Mission

The NATO 2030 Global Fellowship Program encompasses NATO’s themes of partnership and diversification. Created in partnership between the Turkish Heritage Organization (Washington, D.C.) and the NATO Defense College Foundation (Rome, Italy), and sponsored by the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (Brussels, Belgium), this fellowship serves as a catalyst for collaboration, cooperation, and analysis by young professionals from Allied Countries. In effort to modernize NATO through the analysis of NATO 2030 principles and strategic concepts, this program serves as an accelerator for priorities of collective action and political-military cooperation and security. Young professionals across different member states will be empowered to sharpen their critical thinking and analysis surrounding the NATO 2030 elements and work with their cohort members to analyze, promote and produce efforts to sharpen the Alliance. Additionally, young professionals will contribute to publications, policy recommendations, and embody the spirit of NATO through this global fellowship.

NATO 2030 Strategic Concept

“Embrace the change, guard the values.”

The emerging NATO 2030 Strategic Concept aims to guard its core values of collective defense, crisis management, and cooperative security while embracing the need to broaden and reconceptualize security. By maintaining deterrence and acknowledging the importance and interconnectivity of human security, climate change, and the race for technological supremacy, NATO plans to better combat both traditional and more predominantly, non-traditional security challenges. As challenges arise from outside the transatlantic region, another core component to this new approach will be global outreach and partnership. To be effective in its approach, NATO partners must also shift from burden-sharing to a more equitable sharing of responsibilities.


To reconceptualize transatlantic security and its non-traditional security threats, the international community must meet the challenging demands of 21st Century threats, increased preparedness through diversity of communication and diversity of thinking. The NATO 2030 Fellowship Program creates a platform by which young professionals from different industries, backgrounds, and more can engage and communicate productive findings through research, publications, and policy analysis.