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NGFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What areas of work are NGFP Fellows involved with?

NGFP Fellows work for the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), which has a number of national security focus areas. Traditionally, NGFP has focused on the nonproliferation offices, including areas such as research and development, international security, and fissile materials disposition. However, in recent years, the program has expanded drastically, allowing for NGFP Fellows to explore national security areas outside of nonproliferation. These areas include maintaining the active stockpile, counterterrorism policy, infrastructure and operations, budget, and far more.

What types of responsibilities do NGFP Fellows typically have?

NNSA comprises several distinct offices and programs and fellowship assignments vary by year. Visit Fellowships for more information.

What requirements must NGFP applicants meet?

Please see Eligibility

When should I apply?

We typically accept applications from March through October for fellowships beginning the following June. Visit the Schedule page for the latest application deadlines. All components of both the NGFP and PNNL Jobs application must be obtained by the closing date if the application. A security clearance will also be required for selected candidates. This process is extensive and rigorous and can take an extended amount of time. Please give yourself plenty of time for all paperwork to be processed.

What happens if I don't get selected for NGFP?

The selection process is very competitive. If you qualify again for the next year, we invite you to apply again. Many Fellows applied more than once.

What is the timeline for the application and hiring process?

Visit the Schedule page for the latest deadlines. We typically accept applications from March through October for fellowships beginning the following June.

Is the NGFP a federal employment position?

No - NGFP Fellows are hired by PNNL and put to work side-by-side with an NNSA Supervisor and Mentor at various NNSA sites around the US. Though fellows are actually PNNL employees, their day-to-day work, their long-term goals, and their individual development opportunities are managed by their NNSA mentor.

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