Community Sponsorship Program

The International Student Management Office (ISMO) manages a sponsor program designed to offer support and assistance to International Fellows (IFs) studying at National Defense University. These officers are attending the National War College, the Eisenhower School, or the College of International Security Affairs.  

Sponsors have the opportunity to establish a meaningful relationship with an international officer and family in such a way that both parties benefit from this unique international interaction. Being a sponsor can be a very rich and rewarding experience and the relationship that you develop with your Fellow can last a lifetime.

You will represent America to your Fellow and his family and you will also observe how others view America from different parts of the world. Seeing your own country through the eyes of others is a unique experience!   A sponsor can provide varied and essential support for the international officer and family as you help them have a smooth transition and a positive experience during their year at NDU.

To learn more about the Sponsorship Program, you can explore the following links to see what exactly a sponsor does, and what we expect from all of our sponsors. If you already know all about the program, and are looking to sign up, skip to the Apply Now link!


This program has proven to be of great benefit for the Fellows and families to experience the American culture and has led to lasting relationships. If you are ready for a new and interesting experience this year, do not miss this opportunity! Training and materials for new sponsors will be provided by ISMO.

Please contact Ms. Katie Martin at (202) 685-4240, or via e-mail at katherine.martin.civ@ndu.edu if you have any questions. 

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