Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Pathways: intensive introductory course

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the European Union Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) invite graduate and postgraduate students of engineering disciplines to apply for an intensive introductory course on the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), mechanisms to control their further spread and pathways to disarmament.

The course will take place on 68 December 2022 in the Stockholm area, Sweden.

The course will cover the fundamentals of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as of missiles and other means of WMD delivery; threats associated with the military use of WMD and potential terrorist uses of chemical, biological, radioactive and nuclear (CBRN) material (i.e. CBRN terrorism); arms control treaties; WMD-free zones; non-proliferation treaties and means of their verification; export controls; and mechanisms aimed at achieving disarmament.

The course will also examine the impact of new and emerging technologies, and the role of the engineering industry in preventing the spread and use of nuclear weapons. The course will be instructed by renowned experts on WMD non-proliferation, arms control, disarmament, export controls, verification and related subjects from SIPRI, other European research centres, think tanks and international organizations.

SIPRI will closely follow the Swedish Government’s recommendations concerning the Covid-19 pandemic, related travel restrictions and other safety measures. Should it not be feasible to convene an in-person course, SIPRI will offer the same course in a virtual format. If required, all participants should be prepared to show the necessary Covid-19 documentation.

Eligibility and application
The course is open to all students currently enrolled in a European university and pursuing a graduate or postgraduate degree in any engineering discipline. Applications from qualified women and under-represented communities are encouraged.

The language of instruction is English. There is no tuition fee, and SIPRI will cover accommodation, per diem, and economy-class round-trip costs for students travelling from Europe, upon request. The deadline for applications is 15 October 2022. As space is limited, we recommend that applications are submitted as early as possible. Participants will be given access to preparatory materials and are expected to read them in advance of the course.

Applications should be submitted in English via SIPRI’s electronic application system to be eligible. Please access the form via the ‘apply’ button at the end of this page.


Please note that you will be asked to upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a record of courses taken to date and grades received as well as a letter confirming your enrolment in a graduate/postgraduate programme.

Contact person

Vitaly Fedchenko