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Nuclear History Boot Camp

Now accepting applications for the 2020 Nuclear History Boot Camp. Application deadline January 24th!

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Aimed at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the tenth Nuclear History Boot Camp is an initiative of the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project (NPIHP). NPIHP’s Nuclear History Boot Camp is an intensive, ten-day immersion in the history of nuclear matters ranging from the evolution of nuclear technology to the origins and development of deterrence theory and nuclear strategy through the historical roots of today’s global nuclear landscape.

Thematic seminars led by world-class historians and leading experts will:

  1. Fully immerse participants in the world of nuclear history research,
  2. Explore the international history behind today’s nuclear challenges,
  3. Foster discussions of the presentations that each participant will offer based on their current research.


NPIHP’s summer 2020 Nuclear History Boot Camp will be hosted by the University of Roma Tre at a former ACE HIGH NATO communications relay site in the village of Allumiere near Rome, Italy for ten days, June 27th-July 7th.

Participants will receive full tuition and round-trip airfare to Rome as well as accommodations and meals during the boot camp.


Specifically targeted at building a new generation of experts on the international history of nuclear weapons, the summer 2020 Nuclear History Boot Camp is open to:

  1. Students enrolled in or who have been accepted to a Ph.D. program in international relations, history, political science and related fields,
  2. Especially students who are working towards or considering a thesis on nuclear matters.
  3. Applicants who have completed their M.A. degree and are considering a Ph.D. in any of the above fields will also be considered.

How to Apply

The application deadline is January 24th.Required application materials include:

  1. A brief resume or CV (maximum 2 pages).
  2. A letter of recommendation from a professor, supervisor or senior professional colleague who knows you well. (Only one letter please)
  3. A brief abstract (maximum 200 words) of your current academic research.
  4. A statement of purpose (limitted to 400 words in length) describing how participating in the Nuclear History Boot Camp would contribute to the achievement of your personal, professional or academic goals.
  5. A completed application cover sheet.

All application materials must be in English. Please submit each required document as a separate PDF file. Completed applications and letters of recommendation and questions should be emailed to