Applicants are responsible to ensure that his or her application is complete. After the application deadline, USCA will distribute the NNIS applications to an independent panel for review. The review panel is composed of university, DOE/NNSA, and national laboratory personnel directly responsible for instruction and/or research in the international safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation fields. The DOE/NNSA program sponsor reviews the applications and the panel’s recommendations and approves the final selection.
Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, relevant coursework, GRE scores, demonstrated commitment to the field of international nuclear safeguards, and references. Other factors, including geographical criteria, safeguards, and human capital needs, are also considered. The number of fellowships awarded annually is contingent on the number of fellows graduating from the program and the availability of funds.
After the DOE/NNSA approves the award recipients, USCA notifies applicants of their award status. Notification usually occurs in May. USCA is responsible for the daily administration of the NNIS on behalf of the program sponsors, and assists fellows and universities with questions regarding stipends, payment of tuition and fees, practicum assignments, travel, and related issues.