NATO Parliamentary Assembly Research Assistant

Deadline: 9 November 2014
Open to: candidates holding Master’s degree in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field
Remuneration: 750 Eur/month, accommodation, health insurance



The NATO Parliamentary Assembly employs ten research assistants every year. The majority of these positions are given to candidates from NATO member countries but the International Secretariat also accepts candidates from non-NATO members as part of the Loïc Bouvard Scholarship. Among the ten research assistants who work each year at the 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.

Due to the changing nature of topics that the Assembly covers, the Assembly often looks for candidates that have specific experience in areas that compliment current research being conducted at the NATO PA. However, they also look for candidates that are flexible and interested in conducting research on a wide range of topics.

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.


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Sciences, International Relations or a related field. Preference is given to candidates who have recently completed their Master’s degree.
  • Experience in government or policy research institutions is a further asset.
  • Candidates must be fluent in oral and written English and/or French. Knowledge of other languages is a further asset.


Research assistants receive a monthly stipend of 750€ and the Assembly provides spacious shared accommodation in a recently renovated, five-bedroom house in the European quarter of Brussels. The programme also includes a basic health insurance policy for the duration of the internship. The possibility of reimbursement for travel to and from Brussels is considered on a case-by-case basis.


Application deadline is 9 November 2014, 18:00 Brussels time.

Required documents:

  1. A cover letter, indicating areas of interest and competence, nationality, languages spoken and availability
  2. A curriculum vitae
  3. A writing sample of no more than five pages on a topic relevant to the position (i.e. foreign policy, international relations, defence and security, etc.)
  4. Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)

Applications can be sent by email to: or by regular mail to:

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

For further information read the official call HERE.

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