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Model NATO Challenge

30 Students – 30 Nations

The Model NATO Challenge is a scholarship competition in which the top 30 applicants along with 6 alternates are chosen to participate in a mock global crisis simulation, confronting issues facing today’s NATO Alliance. Student Diplomats are chosen to represent each of the NATO Member Nations. Student Diplomats must work together to address a crisis scenario such as piracy, immigration, or another issue that faces the NATO Alliance today. Student Diplomats are assigned mentors, military officers from each of the member countries, who assist in preparing the students for the challenge while teaching them about their culture, national military resources and political backgrounds.
Student Diplomats will be judged on their leadership and diplomacy skills, and the top Three Finalists are awarded Scholarships!

Pursuant to CDC Guidelines for COVID-19, we are currently planning to proceed with this scholarship program in person and will be taking all necessary safety precautions. If we are unable to safely gather physically for the program’s scheduled dates, we will still proceed in a virtual format.




2021 Model NATO Challenge Application and Schedule of Events Now Available Here


Student Diplomat Application

Schedule of Events


Model NATO Press Corps Program

Students selected to participate as Press Corps will cover the Model NATO Challenge in a live media role, interviewing Student Diplomats, tweeting and posting from the Challenge, and writing blogs covering all aspects of the program. Members of the Press Corps will have the opportunity to work with NATO-ACT's Public Affairs Office and Virginia Wesleyan University's Communications Department. Press Corps articles will be scored by a panel of judges and the winning article will be featured in selected publications. A maximum of 10 students will be chosen for the Press Corps. To participate as a Press Corps member, please complete and submit the Press Corps application HERE.