NNIS Program Benefits

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

Stipend

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

The USCA Sponsored Research, Charleston Office 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 only if they are required for all enrolled graduate students at the fellow’s university.  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 per fellow.

In August of each year, the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office notifies the bursar’s office at each university regarding invoicing procedures for fellowship students. Students will receive a copy of this correspondence and should retain this copy for use in discussing any billing errors with their university’s bursar office.

Travel

Travel expenses must be approved by the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office and the sponsor prior to actual travel and must be U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)-compliant. In general, travel reimbursements are considered for seminars, conferences, and workshops associated with this program or any meeting for which the sponsor requests attendance. Full or partial reimbursements may be authorized depending on the availability of funds. Fellows should submit a Travel Request Form to the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office at least 30 days before the anticipated travel dates.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed for the fellow to travel to/from the practicum site providing that the distance is more than 50 miles one way from the fellow’s university. It is the fellow’s responsibility to find the least expensive mode of travel.  No expenses are paid for food or lodging at the practicum site. All travel must be authorized in advance by the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office and the sponsor and must be GSA compliant.

Full or partial travel reimbursement is also considered on occasions requiring the fellow to consult with the university graduate committee and/or deliver a presentation of thesis/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 listed at the end of this booklet.  Off-campus research requires that the fellow complete a request form and have it endorsed by the faculty advisor, facility coordinator, and facility advisor.  Facility advisors must agree to mentor and supervise the fellow, and coordinate activities with facility personnel throughout the research assignment, Facility advisors should also serve on the fellow’s graduate thesis research committee, if approved by the university.

See participating laboratories here.

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.  The fellow must submit any articles, reports, posters, papers, theses, etc. to the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office 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).”