National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) – Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP)

Today I attended a webinar hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory who discussed the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP). 

This fellowship program “identifies and develops the next generation of exceptional national security leaders to achieve the NNSA mission: Strengthening our national through nuclear security” ( 

This program is ideal for graduate-level students, across all disciplines, interested in national security and nonproliferation.  

It is a 1-year assignment with an October deadline. Here is the current recruitment timeline– February 2020 (applications opened), October 2nd, 2020 (deadline to apply), November 2020 (interviews begin), December 2020 (hiring decisions are made), and June 2021-June 2022 the full-time fellowship takes place.  

As a fellow, you can work within various areas including but not limited to Defense Programs, Emergency Operations, Counterterrorism & Counterproliferation, and the Department of State. Fellows will work either in Washington D.C. or other site locations including California, Nevada, South Carolina and several other locations.  Learn more about site options here 

There are several benefits to the program including the ability to make a meaningful impact on current missions, launch your career, network with national security leaders, apply for security clearance, develop leadership competencies from high-level federal employees. In addition, you receive a comprehensive benefits package, travel and training allowance ($10,000 per fellowship term) and tuition reimbursement ($13,000 per calendar year), and the chance to travel. If you have your masters or in the process of obtaining your master’s degree you will be eligible for $53,300 salary ($63,550 for post-docs), plus a $4,000 hiring incentive and competitive benefits package.  

You receive mentorship, in-depth orientation tailored to each fellow, career skills workshops, access to a foreign language program and hands-on training.  

The program is competitive. They plan to hire 60 fellows and encourage students to apply early. You must be enrolled or matriculated in a graduate degree program at the time of application or completed a graduate degree on or after April 2, 2019. You must have a cumulative GPA of a 3.2 or higher, be a U.S. citizen eligible for clearance, and availability to work June 2021-June 2022. Simply stated, they are seeking students who are passionate about pursuing a career in national security.  

They shared a quick stat about their alumni – 89% of the recent class secured employment in the national security enterprise including 22% who received a federal offer from the NNSA. Some organizations who hired graduates include the National Laboratory, Department of State, NNSA, Department of Energy, and National Security, other. 

Requirements to apply: provide your educational background, letters of recommendation (2 minimum), resume/CV, letter of interest, PNNL HR application, and complete a SF-86 Security Clearance application.  

Interested in learning more?  

Apply and learn more:  

Learn about NNSA’s diverse missions  

Explore: NNSA at a glance 

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By Patti Moran
Patti Moran