Explore a Career in Global Nuclear Security
NGFP prepares and builds the next generation of leaders in nuclear security. Working directly in NNSA program and site offices across the country, Fellows work on a variety of missions, including:
Nonproliferation. Through the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Fellows work closely with a wide range of international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, the 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.
Maintaining the Stockpile. 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 (LEPs) and Weapons Dismantlement, and is referred to as the Stockpile Stewardship and Management Program.
Counterterrorism and Counterproliferation. NNSA provides Fellows with the expertise, practical tools, and technically informed policy experience required to advance U.S. nuclear counterterrorism and counterproliferation objectives. Fellows have the opportunity to build partnerships with U.S. government agencies and key foreign governments on these issues.
Oversight and Change. Fellows contribute to the secure production and laboratory infrastructure which meet immediate and long term needs. This work includes the people, systems, and processes that are needed to succeed in the acquisition of both mission capabilities as well as products and services.
Administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, this 12-month, full-time, salaried fellowship program provides participants with specialized training and practical experience on projects and initiatives that contribute to a safer world. The program gives highly motivated, graduate-level students a full year of:
- Hands-on experience to prepare for a career in nuclear security and nonproliferation.
- Opportunities to use their background and skills to make significant contributions to the nation.
- Additional career development and professional networking opportunities and opportunities for specialized training.
- Extensive interaction and collaboration with security professionals nationally and internationally, including those from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), as well as other government agencies, national laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.