The Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship provides highly qualified up-and-coming national security professionals with an opportunity to spend a year in the Congress working to promote bipartisan dialogue on nuclear issues.
Nuclear Security Fellows serve full-time in a House or Senate office, typically joining at the start of the legislative session. Fellows are treated as a member of the staff and are assigned responsibilities and duties based on the needs of the office. Typical Fellow responsibilities include preparing senior staff and Members/Senators for hearings, meetings, and briefings; advising office staff on a range of national security issues, including nuclear issues; answering constituent inquiries; and contributing to the legislative and policy priorities of their Members/Senators, under the direction of senior office staffers.
Fellows are also expected to encourage greater bipartisan discourse on nuclear issues by organizing briefings and events on timely nuclear policy issues, engaging their colleagues from both sides of the aisle and deepening their professional relationships with the Nuclear Security Working Group and the broader policy community.
Fellows are selected through a competitive process on the basis of their professional experience, interpersonal and communications skills, specialized knowledge and professional references.
While Fellows do not need extensive experience in nuclear policy, qualified applicants will have a strong record of professional achievement in national security roles in government, the military, academia or the private sector.
Ideal candidates will also have an advanced degree in a relevant field, including international affairs, economics, defense planning, military operations or an area of the physical sciences with policy relevance.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time the Fellowship begins.
If applicants apply while enrolled in an academic program, they must have completed their studies by the time the fellowship begins.
Applicants may not be concurrent employees of the Federal government or Federal contractors at the time the fellowship begins.
Fellows are awarded a stipend of up to $85,000, based on past experience. Fellows also receive an annual travel allowance to facilitate travel to professional meetings and their Member’s district or state. Fellows receive their stipends as independent contractors, are not eligible for benefits and are not considered employees of the George Washington University or the Congress.
The 2019 fellowship application opens in June
Applications are due August 3, 2018
Multiple interviews are conducted through November
Hosting offices make selections in late November/early December
Fellows begin placements in January
Application and Placement Process
Interested candidates who meet the eligibility requirements can apply online
The application consists of
A complete application questionnaire
A one-page statement of interest
A letter of recommendation from a colleague with first-hand knowledge of the individual’s professional experience and qualifications
(Please note, the application asks applicants to submit information for three professional references, one of whom may also contribute a letter.)
NSWG staff conducts initial interviews to assess an applicant’s fit and qualifications.
Hosting offices interview finalists and extend offers.
Individuals who accept a fellowship must agree to serve for a full year.
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