NNIS Program Benefits

The maximum value of any individual award, including stipend, tuition and fees, and summer practicum, is $50,00 a year.


Fellows receive a monthly stipend of not more than $2,200.  Fellows will also receive a Dislocation Allowance of $500 (prorated) while on a practicum assignment.

The DOE/NNSA attempts to provide adequate funding to its fellowship participants to meet the cost of graduate school, but other awards, prizes, and similar payments (including Veterans benefits) that do not require a product or service may be accepted. UCSA must be informed in advance if a fellow plans to accept a research assistantship or other employment.  Payment received for such employment may result in an equivalent deduction from the fellow’s stipend. USCA reserves the right to withdraw the fellowship if the fellow receives compensation without notifying USCA as to the nature and extent of any payment.

Tuition and Fees

USCA pays tuition and fees directly to the participating university upon receipt of invoice.  Optional, refundable, and penalty fees (such as late registration and duplication fees) are not payable by USCA.  Health insurance fees will be paid by USCA only if they are required for all enrolled.  All tuition and fee charges must be certified consistent with those made to regular graduate students and necessary for enrollment into the graduate program.  In no case will the annual cost of tuition, fees, and stipend exceed $50,000.


Travel expenses must be approved by USCA and DOE/NNSA prior to travel and are based on U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) rates. In general, travel reimbursements are authorized for seminars, conferences, and workshops associated with this program or any meeting for which the sponsor requests a fellow’s attendance. Conference travel requires approval by USCA at least one month before the anticipated travel dates.  It is the fellow’s responsibility to find the least expensive reasonable mode of travel before submitting a travel request form. All travel is subject to the availability of funding.

Travel in excess of 50 miles to and from the approved practicum location will be reimbursed, in addition to the Dislocation Allowance provided during the practicum assignment. No expenses are paid for food or lodging at the practicum site.  Travel expenses are also allowable on occasions requiring the fellow to consult with the university graduate committee and/or deliver a presentation of dissertation research.

Thesis Research at Participating DOE/NNSA Designated Centers

A fellow may request to spend all or part of the time working on thesis/dissertation research at one of the participating DOE/NNSA-approved facilities.  Off-campus research requires that the fellow complete a request form (available from USCA) and have it endorsed by the faculty advisor, facility coordinator, and facility advisor.  Faculty advisors must agree to mentor and supervise the fellow, and coordinate activities with facility personnel throughout the research assignment, Faculty advisors should also serve on the fellow’s graduate thesis research committee if approved by the university.

View NNIS Participating Laboratories.

Publication Acknowledgment

DOE/NNSA and USCA encourage fellows to publish reports and articles in scientific and engineering journals and present posters or papers at conferences.  All materials must undergo appropriate security and export control reviews required by the university and/or laboratory at which research was conducted prior to submission to USCA.  The fellow must submit any articles, reports, posters, papers, theses, etc. to USCA at least three weeks before submission for publication, presentation or publication.  These works should show the joint affiliation of the fellow with the university and, if appropriate, with the laboratory in which the research was conducted, and acknowledge fellowship support with the following:

“This research was performed under appointment to the Nuclear Nonproliferation International Safeguards Fellowship Program sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (NA-241).”