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NGFP places highly qualified graduate students into year-long assignments across the NNSA nuclear security mission space, including:

  • Nonproliferation. Fellows work closely with international partners, key U.S. federal agencies, 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.
  • Stockpile Stewardship. 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, and weapons dismantlement.
  • Infrastructure and Oversight. Fellows contribute to the secure production and laboratory infrastructure that meet immediate and long-term needs. This work includes the people, systems, and processes necessary to succeed in the acquisition of mission capabilities, products, and services.

Each fellow is assigned to a specific NNSA program or site office. During their year-long assignments, fellows participate in professional development, training, and networking opportunities with leaders from across the nuclear security enterprise. Actual events and activities vary by year.

Fellowship Benefits

NGFP Fellows receive competitive salaries, benefits, and other incentives including:

  • Annual salary: $53,300 ($63,550 for post-doctoral Fellows)
  • Hiring incentive: $4,000 (taxed)
  • Medical benefits
  • Vacation and holidays
  • Tuition reimbursement (criteria apply).
  • Training, professional development, and networking opportunities
  • $10,000 travel/training allotment
Fellowship Tasks

Each Fellow's experience is truly unique. Depending on the appointment and the Fellow's background, he or she will be responsible for a number of activities, ranging from strategy development to project implementation. Some specific responsibilities that Fellows have been tasked with in the past include:

  • Briefing NNSA and other government officials on program activities and progress
  • Conducting technical analyses on internal nuclear security
  • Contributing technical and policy expertise on nuclear defense for status reports to Congress
  • 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
  • Participating in career development opportunities such as training workshops, seminars with high-level officials, and roundtables with professionals across the nuclear security enterprise
  • Defining review criteria and conducting analysis of processes and operations at NNSA sites and labs
  • Representing NNSA on national consensus standards committees or other working groups
  • Developing training materials
Fellowship Training

Fellows receive specialized training while also directly supporting NNSA's global nuclear mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests.

The 12-month fellowship typically 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.
  • 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.
Fellowship Development

Professional growth and career development are critical to NGFP. Fellows' professional development activities may include:

  • National Laboratory Roundtable where Fellows meet with leaders from DOE National Laboratories
  • Career Skills Workshop where Fellows gain practical guidance for their post-fellowship careers
  • Visits to DOE sites and other historical and landmark sites across the country.

NGFP also provides opportunities for Fellows to engage with and work alongside leaders from across the nuclear security enterprise. Events may include:

  • Briefings with NNSA leadership
  • Briefings by the intelligence community
  • NGFP alumni roundtable
  • Fellow brownbags
Fellowship Assignments

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

  • Securing nuclear materials, nuclear weapons, and radiological materials at potentially vulnerable sites worldwide
  • Managing and stewarding the U.S. nuclear deterrent, including both Dismantlement and Life-Extension Programs
  • Countering nuclear terrorism and trafficking
  • Strengthening international nonproliferation and export control regimes
  • Developing nuclear safety policy and guidance for environmental cleanup and nuclear material maintenance
  • 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

See our Annual Report for examples from recent fellowships.


Fellowship locations vary by year and span the NNSA program, functional, and field offices. See NNSA locations for details about sites nationwide.

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