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General requirements

Applicants to the NGFP must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be eligible for security clearance based on position requirements (see below for more detail)
  • Have a career interest in U.S. and global nuclear security
  • Demonstrate maturity, good judgment, and self-motivation
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in an integrated and diverse environment

Education requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, OR
  • Have completed a graduate degree program within 18 months prior to the application deadline (see Schedule), AND
  • Have a final and current cumulative GPA of at least 3.20 in the graduate degree program

Some participants may be able to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit and choose to continue their graduate studies during their term.

Desirable academic or professional experience:

Policy emphasis

  • International relations
  • Nonproliferation studies
  • Political science
  • Security studies
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Accounting
  • Finance/Project management
  • Engineering management

Technical Emphasis:

  • Nuclear science/engineering
  • Radiation/health physics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Chemical sciences
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Physics
  • Industrial or occupational hygiene
  • Other engineering and science

Desirable Skills and Expertise:

  • Combined policy and technical background
  • Experience in program management and budgeting

SF-86 Form for Security Clearances

To obtain a security clearance, enabling access to sensitive information, individuals will be subject to a federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including demonstration of non-use of illegal drugs for 12 consecutive months prior to submission of the clearance request. Non-use of illegal drugs is initially determined through an initial drug screen and review of the individual's Questionnaire for National Security Positions (QNSP). Once the security clearance is granted, individuals will then be subject to random and for-cause drug testing. During the course of the federal background investigation, the other following areas will also be examined: employment and school records, criminal history, financial and credit history, academic performance and attendance, and residence history. If performance in any of these or other areas would preclude eligibility for a security clearance, graduate students interested in the program should not apply.

The SF-86 Form is required for processing requests for DOE security clearances. This process will begin immediately upon acceptance into the fellowship program. The form is extensively detailed and will require some time to complete. It is recommended that applicants who receive an interview review this form and begin collecting the relevant information.

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