Fully Funded Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) 2024-2025 Fellowship | How to Apply!


The Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) is offering a funded 12-month professional development program for a select cohort of emerging international security experts and practitioners. This comprehensive training initiative focuses on critical historical case studies, technological expertise, and advanced negotiation skills within the arms control domain. Successful participants will earn a Certificate in Arms Control Negotiation and join ACONA’s network of future arms control negotiators.

Fully Funded Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) 2024-2025 Fellowship

Fully Funded Arms Control Negotiation Academy (ACONA) 2024-2025 Fellowship

ACONA Fellows will engage in three week-long workshops (“boot camps”) and attend a conference featuring expert lectures, negotiation exercises, and small group discussions with renowned scholars and practitioners. Recent ACONA speakers have included notable figures like the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir and former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

Program Details for Arms Control Negotiation Academy Fellowship

  • Fellowship Term: July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
  • Boot Camp 1: August 19-23, 2024 (Virtual)
  • Boot Camp 2: January 13-17, 2025 (Virtual)
  • Boot Camp 3: May 19-22, 2025 (Reykjavík, Iceland)
  • 4th ACONA Conference Reykjavík: May 23, 2025 (Reykjavík, Iceland)

As an ACONA Fellow, you are expected to participate in all boot camps and conferences. Also, you need to actively contribute to discussions, collaborate on an international research project with a small group of fellows, and submit the project results by the end of the fellowship.

Cost Coverage

ACONA will cover the following expenses for participants:

  • Domestic and international travel to Iceland (economy class)
  • Double room accommodation during the third boot camp
  • Course materials
  • Some meals during boot camps

Expenses not covered include visa application costs, personal incidental expenses, and miscellaneous costs.

Eligibility Criteria

You can apply if you are a highly qualified candidate with 3-5 years of advanced professional or research experience in the following areas:

  • Arms control and nuclear issues
  • Negotiation and mediation
  • International peace, security, and global affairs, especially U.S.-Russia-China-EU relations

You should demonstrate a strong track record in their field, international experience, an advanced degree, and public recognition of their achievements.

How You Can Apply for Arms Control Negotiation Academy Fellowship

Interested candidates should submit the following documents to their mail on their website by Friday, May 10, 2024, 11:59 pm EST (Saturday, May 11, 2024, 03:59 am UTC):

  • Motivation letter
  • CV or resume reflecting relevant experience
  • 1 recommendation letter highlighting exceptional work

The motivation letter and CV/resume has to be attached to an email in PDF format. The recommendation letter has to be submitted directly to ACONA by the recommender. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out in June 2024.

For more information, you should refer to ACONA Fellowship’s FAQ or visit the ACONA Fellowship website.