Fellowship Programme


MARITIME SECURITY CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE provides fellowships on a case-by case
basis subject upon availability of interest and work assignment at the Centre.

We are generally interested in the following seven MSO tasks and focus on, but does
not limited to, cooperative aspects of Maritime Security, in following areas:

  1. Supporting Maritime Situational Awareness
  2. Contributing to Maritime Security Capacity Building
  3. Supporting Maritime Counter Terrorism
  4. Upholding Freedom of Navigation
  5. Fighting Against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  6. Protection of Critical Infrastructure
  7. Maritime Interdiction Operations


  1. Providing the organisation with access to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge that the fellow can apply through practical work assignments, research
    or studies, as well as with additional staff resources.
  2. Supporting to encourage progressive thinking inside partner institutions dealing with research, education/training and concept/doctrine development through provision of the fellowship.
  3. Contributing to the development and extension of the knowledge and practice related to the Maritime Security through research.


Eligibility criteria for the fellows:

  1. The general requirements shall be considered when selecting a fellow:
    1. Scientific expertise of the applicant (minimum requirement is holding a graduate degree in a relevant area), quality of scientific publications.
    2. Relevance of the fellowship research agenda.
    3. Interest/added value for the Centre.
    4. Previous mobility / professional experiences.
    5. Availability of the NATO Security Clearance (required depending on the project).
  2. Particular regard is paid to the candidates:
    1. Wishing to undertake a project that is relevant to the work of the Centre
    2. Who work directly on the Centre’s matters or questions of Maritime Security in their home country.
    3. Good oral communication and drafting skills in English are required.
  3. The Centre aims to attract fellows with a sound academic background and extensive experience in their chosen profession. (Examples of well-placed
    applicants include candidates employed with universities, governmental, nongovernmental or intergovernmental organisations; or individuals who have practiced in a field relevant to the work of one of the Branches of the Centre; or who have engaged in extensive academic research, writing or teaching in any of the disciplines of interest to the Centre.)
  4. Applicants for the fellowship in a specific Branch would be required to have a specialization in a relevant field, for example, work in the area of Maritime Situational Awareness, Threat Analysis, Infrastructure Protection, Training, and Concepts Development.
  5. Candidates must be a national of a NATO member country. Applications for the fellowship should normally be supported by the university or a related institution of the candidate. A minimum requirement is a letter from one of the professors supporting the application.


  1. The duration of the fellowship shall be six months. If there is a need to extend, depending on the complexity of the fellow’s work assignment or research topic,
    written request must be approved by the supervisor assigned and the Director of the Centre.
  2. The fellowship is normally based on a full-time assignment. The fellows are expected to work five days a week in the branch that has selected them, under the supervision of a staff member and according to the working schedule of the respective branch to which the fellow is attached during the fellowship. The fellow has to be present at the Centre during the last working calendar day of the fellowship. Remote working arrangements for the fellows will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, considering various parameters to ensure the alignment with the program’s objectives and the individual’s capacity to contribute effectively from a distance.


  1. Applications are to be forwarded to the Centre, preferably by e-mail (info@marseccoe.org and pao@marseccoe.org), not earlier than 6 months and not later than 2 months, prior to the desired fellowship period. Applications may also be mailed to the following address:

    Maritime Security Centre of Excellence, Konaklar Mah. Org. İzzettin Aksalur Cad., Milli Savunma Üniversitesi Yerleşkesi, 34334, Yenilevent/Beşiktaş, İstanbul, Türkiye

  2. The CV of the candidate (in English) must be attached to the application form.
  3. Together with their application, all candidates are required to submit a short letter (up to 500 words) giving details on their motivation for fellowship, why they want to work in a particular topic or field and their expectations from the fellowship.
  4. Other documents linked to the eligibility criteria mentioned above should be submitted to the Centre only in case the candidates are interviewed for the
  5. Processing of applications normally takes up to a few months.
  6. When a candidate has been initially selected, the interview will be arranged in which details can be discussed before a final decision is made.
  7.  As soon as a candidate is selected, the fellowship agreement is concluded. The future fellow is also provided with an information package that gives information
    about the Centre and on the location, including direct surroundings.
  8. The Centre provides a certification at the end of the placement period indicating nature and duration of the fellowship.


  1. Before the fellow joins the Centre, the Head of Branch concerned provides him/her with a brief task description outlining the tasks that he/she is expected to carry out, based upon the specific competences of the fellow and the needs of the Centre.
  2. A supervisor, who should be a member of the respective Branch of the fellow, is designated to advise and guide him/her during the fellowship.
  3. At the end of the program the fellow shall have the possibility to present the work carried out and the results reached for the staff members of the Centre and shall submit a report or a publication to be submitted to MARSEC COE Review.


  1. The fellowship is not connected with employment and has no direct employment prospects.
  2. The fellow shall not represent the Centre to the press or any other body, or negotiate on behalf of the Centre. Any external correspondence of the fellow clearly indicates his/her status.
  3. The fellow is responsible for obtaining the necessary legal documents in order to fulfil the fellowship. The fellow is also responsible for all other arrangements
    necessary to fulfil the fellowship, such as the first travel to and the last from the Centre. The fellow is subject to the Turkish immigration laws.
  4. The Centre is not responsible for any claims by any party where loss or damage to their property, death or personal injury was caused by the actions or omission of action by the fellow during the placement.
  5. The Centre has unimpeded access to all products, work, results or the research done by the fellow during or in relation to the fellowship. The fellow cannot invoke any intellectual property rights towards the Centre. In cases of theses for academic degrees the copyright remains with the fellow and the Centre is granted the permanent nonexclusive right to use the work.
  6. Before the fellow submits his/her products, works, results or research papers to the sponsoring institution, they must have been presented to the Centre.
  7. The fellow provides the Centre with a copy of all materials prepared during the placement at the Centre.
  8. The fellow shall not engage in any activity possibly interfering with the work at the Centre during the placement period without prior consent of the Centre.
  9. The fellow shall not disclose any confidential/sensitive information obtained during the fellowship. The fellow shall be informed that this obligation also applies after the fellowship period. The Centre reserves its right to terminate the fellowship and to pursue legal action against any person who does not respect this or any other security obligation.
  10. If there is a need for the fellow to make any information public, he/she needs prior written authorization from the Director of the Centre.
  11. The fellow shall not seek or accept instructions regarding the services performed from any Government or from any authority external to the Centre.
  12. Fellowships are paid (in case any fellowship-related expenses arise) in accordance with the SC decision if approved.


  1. Fellowship Application Form
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Academic Certificates
  4. Language Certificates
  5. A concise statement – a short essay (up to 500 words) giving details on your motivation for a fellowship, why you want to work in a particular topic or field and
    your expectations from the fellowship.
  6. At least one reference letter from one of the professors supporting the application
  7. Copies of university degrees and/or diplomas (If you are an undergraduate student on the last year studies, please send us instead a formal declaration of college/university attesting that you are currently enrolled as well as expected graduation date).
  8. Criminal record from the competent official authorities

All documents should be in English. If official documents, such as university degrees or transcripts, are not available in English, the candidate is requested to provide a complete and accurate uncertified translation into English together with copies of document. Applicant’s may be asked to provide a certified translation if appropriate.

These documents should be submitted via email to the designated email addresses, info@marseccoe.org and pao@marseccoe.org, as specified in the application procedures.


For further information on Fellowship Programme please contact us:

Maritime Security Centre of Excellence
Personnel&Public Affairs NCO
Tel: +902123980100 (5884)
Mail: pao@marseccoe.org
İstanbul, Türkiye