As the Program Administrator, MUSC ensures that each application package provides the requested information and materials. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that his or her application is complete. After the application deadline, MUSC will distribute the 2013-2014 NFGFP applications to an independent panel for review. Panel members are technical experts from national laboratories who are intimately involved in DHS/DoD nuclear forensics programs.
Applications are evaluated based on academic performance, relevant coursework, GRE scores, career and goals statements, and references. Other factors, including geographical criteria and professional personnel needs of the DHS/DoD nuclear forensics research program, are also considered. The number of fellowships awarded annually is contingent on the number of fellows graduating from the program and the availability of funds.
The panel of experts reviews each application and provides award recommendations to the Program Administrator. MUSC submits the panel's recommendations to the program sponsors for consideration. DHS and DoD conduct a final review of the applications and the panel's recommendations and select the official NFGFP award recipients. MUSC will announce award recipients and notify all applicants in April 2013. Applicants not selected may receive "Honorable Mention" status in recognition of their achievements. Should additional funding become available, those receiving an Honorable Mention may qualify as award recipients.
MUSC is responsible for the daily administration of the NFGFP on behalf of the program sponsors; as such, MUSC assists fellows and universities with questions regarding stipends, payment of tuition and fees, practicum assignments, travel, and other related issues.