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October 2017 Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Short Course

Invitation to Apply for Participation

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS) at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey will offer an intensive course focused on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament policy issues for diplomats and other practitioners. The course will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 16-20 October 2017.

The course will be taught by faculty and experts from the VCDNP and CNS, as well as other international professionals. The one-week program will include: an extended analysis of the non-proliferation regime; an overview of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its associated institutions and mechanisms; and an assessment of current challenges to nuclear non-proliferation, arms control, disarmament and nuclear security. The course will be conducted entirely in English; good English language skills will be essential for successful completion of the course.

“The course goes beyond my expectations. I couldn’t believe that a one week course could cover all the topics about nuclear disarmament.”

“The expertise of the different lecturers/course facilitators is apparent. The teaching method/style is also commendable because it is open and sincere.”

“As a new diplomat in Vienna, this course is one of the best in non-proliferation.”

—Reviews from previous course participants

The tuition fee for the course is 800 Euros. The organizers are in a position to waive the tuition fee for participants from developing countries and in some other cases, if requested. The organizers are also able to make available a small number of stipends to cover airfare and accommodation to assist select applicants from developing countries traveling from their national capitals or other duty stations.


The deadline for applications is 25 August 2017, but parties are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Applications from qualified women and candidates from developing countries are encouraged. Applications should be submitted in English and include:

1) An endorsement/nomination letter from the applicant’s Mission, Embassy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs or other relevant organization;

2) A curriculum vitae of the applicant;

3) A letter of interest; and

4) A request for tuition waiver and/or travel support (if relevant).

Application materials can be submitted via email to or mailed to VCDNP, Donau City Strasse 6, Andromeda Tower, Floor 13/1, 1220 Vienna, Austria. Selections will be finalized by 04 September 2017, and applicants will be informed thereafter.

All inquiries about the course should be directed to