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Explore a Career in Nuclear Security

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) is a full-time, salaried fellowship program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy for highly motivated graduate-level students interested in a career in nuclear security.

Working directly in NNSA offices nationwide, Fellows engage in a full year of:

  • Hands-on experience in nuclear security and nonproliferation
  • Career development, professional networking, and specialized training
  • Extensive interaction and collaboration with security professionals and leading researchers

Fellows impact critical missions

Fellows contribute to a variety of nuclear security missions, including:

  • Nonproliferation. Through the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Fellows work closely with international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, U.S. national laboratories, and the private sector to detect, secure, and dispose of dangerous nuclear and radiological material, and related weapons of mass destruction technology and expertise.
  • Stockpile Stewardship. Fellows work to ensure the Nation sustains a safe, secure, and effective nuclear deterrent through the application of science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing. The central mission includes maintaining the active stockpile, Life Extension Programs, and Weapons Dismantlement.
  • Infrastructure and Oversight. Fellows contribute to the secure production and laboratory infrastructure that meet immediate and long-term needs. This work includes the people, systems, and processes necessary to succeed in the acquisition of both mission capabilities as well as products and services.

NGFP is administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and provides participants with training and practical experience that contribute to a safer world.

Are you ready to serve our nation's nuclear security mission? Visit our Eligibility and Application pages for more information.

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Applications for the Class of 2016 are now closed.

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