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Examples of Day-to-Day Activities

Examples of Fellow Assignments

Salary and Benefits


NGFP participant inspects beacon
An NGFP participant inspects a new solar powered light
beacon to signal ships traversing the Bering Sea between
Russia and Alaska. NNSA partnered with Russia to replace
the previous lighthouses that were powered by
radioisotope themoelectric generators.
Fellows receive specialized training and professional development opportunities, while also directly supporting NNSA's global nuclear mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.

The 12-month fellowship includes

  • A week of orientation and training at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington
  • Federal orientation and training at NNSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
  • Placements working in NNSA program and site offices, many in Washington, D.C. and some in other locations nationwide
  • Job-specific training and professional development events, including opportunities for additional DOE-sponsored training at U.S. national laboratories and other government agencies and exceptional networking opportunities for future career positions.

Each NGFP Fellow is assigned to a specific NNSA program or site office. Working with their supervisors, NGFP Fellows assist with programs that involve

  • Securing nuclear materials, nuclear weapons, and radiological materials at potentially vulnerable sites worldwide
  • Countering nuclear terrorism and trafficking
  • Strengthening international nonproliferation and export control regimes
  • Conducting nonproliferation and national security research and development
  • Developing nuclear safety policy and guidance; planning and conducting safety evaluations
  • Ensuring that capabilities are in place to respond to any NNSA or DOE facility emergency and responding to nuclear or radiological incidents internationally
  • Managing NNSA infrastructure, facilities, and operations
  • Maintaining and enhancing the safety, security, and reliability of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile for deterrence.

Examples of Day-to-Day Activities

Depending on the appointment and the Fellow’s background, he or she might be responsible for activities such as

  • Briefing NNSA and other government officials on program activities and progress
  • Contributing technical and policy expertise for NNSA programs and projects in the U.S. and partner countries
  • Aiding the development of strategies for treaty negotiations and other international agreements
  • Conducting research on nuclear security topics and presenting it at technical and professional conferences
  • Participating in career development opportunities such as training, informational interviews, and roundtables with professionals in the field
  • Defining review criteria and conducting analysis of processes and operations
  • Developing processes, procedures, project implementation plans, and operating guidance
  • Representing NNSA on national consensus standards committees or other working groups
  • Developing training materials.

Examples of Fellow Assignments

Here are some examples of what past Fellows have done.

Salary and Benefits

  • Annual salary: $52,000 ($62,000 for post-doctoral Fellows)
  • Recruitment incentive: $3,000
  • Benefits: health and dental plans, paid vacation, and paid holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement (criteria apply).

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Application Schedule

Applications for the Class of 2015 will open on May 15, 2014 and the application deadline is October 20, 2014.

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