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 48 months for Doctoral candidates, and 24 months for Master’s candidates. Prorated for previously completed graduate work, appointments may be shorter than the maximum allowable number of months. Extensions beyond the initial appointment will be considered on a case by case basis.
Throughout their Fellowship period, Fellows must be enrolled full-time at an approved university and 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 perform 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 Terms of Appointment document. 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 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.
Each Fellowship appointment is renewed annually through a renewal application process. Each renewal is based upon the Fellow’s maintaining excellent performance and professionalism including, but not limited to, passing examinations in pursuit of a masters or doctoral degree required by their academic department, progressing research toward completion of a degree, and otherwise maintaining eligibility for a degree (for example, maintaining necessary grade point average and good standing with their academic department and university). Renewal forms along with supporting references and current official transcripts must be submitted to the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office by February 15th 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 a practicum during the summer and select a practicum opportunity 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 addition to the opportunities at US national laboratories, there are also international practicum opportunities at EU laboratories listed on the last page of this booklet. Fellows interested in an international practicum should contact the USCA Special Programs Charleston Office to discuss practicum opportunities abroad.
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.
DOE/NNSA and USCA encourage Fellows to publish reports and articles in scientific and engineering journals and present posters or papers at conferences. Prior to submission, all materials must undergo appropriate security and export control reviews required by the university and/or laboratory at which the research was conducted. The Fellow must submit any abstracts, articles, reports, posters, papers, theses, etc. to the USCA Special Programs, Charleston Office at least three weeks before submission for publication or presentation. These works should show the joint affiliation of the Fellow with the university and, if appropriate, with the laboratory at 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 Department of Energy, National Nuclear Security Administration’s Office of International Nuclear Safeguards (NA-241).”