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Letter of Interest

As part of your online application, you will be asked to write an Expression of Interest Letter. This letter tells us who you are, why you want to pursue nuclear security, and what impact you expect this experience to have on your education and career goals. You should share what you have accomplished so far in the fields of international affairs/political science and/or science/engineering, including relevant coursework that you are taking or have completed. You may include other relevant experience has helped prepare you for this program. Suggested length: one page.


As part of your online application, you to need to submit unofficial transcripts for all current or most recent graduate studies. These need to clearly show courses taken, grade received, and cumulative GPA in graduate studies. If you are a first-year graduate student and a transcript is not available, please download a PDF copy of proof of enrollment in graduate studies and submit that instead. All documentation must be emailed to by the application deadline.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required for your application and must be current to within the last two years. No interviews will be offered to an applicant unless all supporting documents are received.

As you are completing your online application, you will be asked to provide email contact information for two individuals who will be submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. After submitting your application, the system will send an email to your recommenders, asking them to complete an online recommendation form. Your recommenders can cut and paste the text of their letter of recommendation into the form. After submitting your application, you may revise or change your recommenders but keep in mind the final application deadline. Each time you register or change a recommender, an email will be generated to that individual that provides instructions on how to submit a letter on your behalf .Letters must be received by the application deadline for your application to be considered to be complete.

Letters of recommendation should be written by someone who has closely interacted with you and can effectively comment on your academic performance, research abilities, relevant skills, ability to collaborate with a team, and preparation for this program. Letters of recommendation should ideally come from professors or supervisors who have worked with you as a project manager, research supervisor, academic advisor, or course instructor. You should choose your recommenders prior to submitting your application so that you can discuss the program in detail and give them time to prepare information on your behalf. You should also choose recommenders that are easy to get in contact with if the NNSA chooses to follow up with them.


The NGFP Application System will ask for your résumé. You must also send a résumé to the PNNL jobs website. When applying, please be sure to use the same email address as you use for the NGFP Application System.

SF-86 Form for Security Clearances

The SF-86 Form for security clearances must be complete and uploaded to the application system. This form is required for processing requests for U.S. Department of Energy security clearances. It is extensively detailed and will require some time to complete, so begin early.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is the date by which your application, personal statement, letters of recommendation, and transcripts must be received. Because official transcripts are submitted in hard copy, it is important that you allow enough time for processing and mailing.

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Accepting applications Spring 2018.

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