At the core of the program lie three five-day workshops, where this year's cohort of 16 fellows will be ideally prepared for their roles as emerging leaders in the fields of arms control, peace and conflict research, and international security through a combination of expert lectures, analysis of historical case studies, and intensive training exercises. Travel and accommodation costs for participants will be covered. The first workshop, scheduled for August 2021, will be held virtually.
ACONA is a joint initiative of six research institutes from Europe, the United States, and Russia, which have been observing the growing threat to international security with concern. The ACONA Fellowship Program aims to fill the gap in the educational base of emerging scholars and practitioners. In addition to participating in workshops and conducting a joint research project, ACONA fellows are guided by experienced and renowned experts. For instance, previous ACONA spokespersons include the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, and the former High Representative of the EU, Catherine Ashton. Participants earn a certificate and become part of ACONA's network of next-generation arms control negotiators.
ACONA welcomes applications from highly qualified candidates who demonstrate 3-5 years of advanced professional or research experience in one of the following areas:
- Arms control and nuclear issues;
- Negotiation and mediation;
- International peace, security, and global affairs, particularly U.S.-Russia-China-EU relations.
The application deadline is Sunday, May 2, 2021, 11:59 p.m. EDT (Monday, May 3, 2021, 03:59 a.m. UTC).
More information and the application portal can be found at www.armscontrolnegotiationacademy.org.