NNIS Fellowship Obligations

Programs at Participating Universities

Fellowship awardees are required to attend a university participating in the NNIS Fellowship program.  To become a participating university, interested faculty members must submit an application.   Universities selected to participate in the program will have demonstrated a commitment to advancing nuclear nonproliferation international safeguards education and creating a sustainable academic program.  View the list of participating universities and coordinators.  Interested fellowship applicants may contact any fellowship coordinator directly for detailed information related to the university’s nuclear nonproliferation international safeguards program.


Fellowship appointment is contingent upon acceptance into an approved program at a participating university.    The initial fellowship appointment is for a 12-month period, typically renewable for up to a total of 48 months for Doctoral candidates, and 24 months for Master’s candidates. Further extensions will be considered on a case by case basis.  Prorated for previously completed graduate work, appointments may be shorter than the maximum allowable number of months.  Throughout their fellowship period, fellows must be enrolled full-time at an approved university, working towards the degree described in their application.  During the summer months, fellows conduct relevant research, enroll in summer classes, complete a practicum assignment, or do a combination of any of these activities.

Terms of Appointment

Each fellow must agree to the terms and conditions of appointment delineated in their appointment letter and elsewhere. This includes agreement to pursue the course of study and research described in their application, participate in at least one summer practicum, and entertain DOE/DOE contractor employment opportunities. Fellows must inform the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office of their current addresses and any address changes, and must complete any evaluation/assessment questionnaires sent by USCA for program information and/or evaluation during the fellowship and for at least five years after the end of their fellowship.

Annual Renewal

Fellowships are reviewed for renewal annually.  A renewal form and official transcripts must be submitted to the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office by February 1 of each year. All awards and renewals are subject to the continuing availability of funding.


Fellows are required to participate in at least one practicum for at least three months at a designated DOE/NNSA facility to gain applied experience.  Fellows typically complete their practicums during the summer and select a practicum that can be used to support their thesis research.  Fellows are responsible for securing their own practicum appointments by contacting the appropriate laboratory coordinator, and completing a practicum request form. In certain cases, practicum assignments may be approved at European Union designated laboratories.  Please contact the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office at (843) 793-1079 or via Email for additional information.

Fellows may be required to apply for security clearance upon acceptance of a practicum appointment at a DOE/NNSA facility or an affiliated federal agency.

View a list of NNIS Participating Laboratories and Coordinators.