Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme

Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme – 3rd Edition

The Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and the International Affairs Institute (IAI) invite female undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students as well as recent graduates to apply to a Young Women in Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Mentorship Programme. The Mentorship Programme, which will run from 15 September 2023 to 15 May 2024, seeks to engage young women in the field of non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament, and promote awareness around these issues.

The Programme will pair successful applicants with well-known experts to establish a mentoring relationship, which envisions regular videoconferencing sessions and other forms of communication between mentees and mentors. Participants will also be expected to attend selected conferences, including the EUNPD Consortium Annual Conference on 4-5 December 2023 in Brussels. Additionally, networking and career and skills development opportunities will be offered through seminars, workshops, and other activities.

At the end of the Programme, participants are expected to produce a deliverable. The form of the deliverable will be agreed individually with the organizers and might take the form of either: a paper, a presentation, a video, a blog post, or similar.

The Mentorship Programme is open to female students currently enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate Programmes, as well as recent graduates (graduated less than three years ago). Candidates of all nationalities and from all regions are welcome to apply, though, a portion of the spots will be reserved to applicants from Europe. The Programme will be conducted in English; therefore, good English language skills are essential.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2023.

Applications should be submitted in English using the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM (please note that a Google Account might be required – should you encounter any issues please contact

Applicants will be asked to upload the following documents:
1. A curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages)
2. A transcript of courses taken to date and grades received, and
3. Two recommendation letters

Applicants will be informed of the final decision by 20 July 2023. We recommend monitoring your email inbox and spam folder. All inquiries about the Programme should be directed to

The Mentorship Programme is organized in the framework of the Young Women and Next Generation Initiative (YWNGI), as part of the EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) effort to engage the next generation in non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control. Information about the previous editions of the Programme can be found here.