The initial fellowship appointment is for a 12-month period and renewable for up to a total of 48 months. Each appointment is prorated based on the amount of graduate work completed prior to the fellowship appointment date. Throughout the fellowship period, graduate students must be enrolled full time at an approved university and perform study and research within the objectives of the fellowship program. During the summer months, fellows are to continue working toward achieving a doctoral degree. Students may choose to conduct research relevant to their specialization, enroll in summer classes, complete a practicum assignment, or do a combination of the three. Please note a fellowship appointment is contingent upon certification of acceptance into the education program at the respective university.
TERMS OF APPOINTMENT
Each fellow must agree to the conditions contained in the letter of appointment and terms of appointment. This includes agreement to perform a course of study and research in NNIS technically related areas and participate in at least one summer practicum at an NNIS-sponsored laboratory (see participating laboratories on right side of this page). Fellows agree to entertain employment offers by either DOE or one of its contractors.
All fellows must notify MUSC if they hold dual citizenship.
ANNUAL RENEWAL OF FELLOWSHIP
Each fellowship appointment is renewed annually through a renewal application process. The renewal is based upon the fellow's academic performance and course of study. An official Renewal Form along with official transcripts must be submitted to MUSC by March 1st of each year. Fellows must inform MUSC of their current addresses and must complete any evaluation/assessment questionnaires sent by MUSC for program information and/or evaluation during the fellowship and for 5 years after the fellowship ends.
Fellows are required to participate in one practicum for at least three months at a designated DOE/NNSA facility to gain hands-on experience. Fellows typically complete their practicums during the summer and any practicum may be used to support the Fellow's thesis research. To initiate a practicum appointment, the fellow must first contact a laboratory coordinator to express an interest in participating at a sponsored facility and then fill out a Practicum Request Form on www.scuref.org. Upon acceptance of a practicum appointment at a DOE/DoD laboratory or an affiliated federal agency, fellows may be required to apply for a security clearance. The appropriate personnel security office of the host facility will process the clearance.
PROGRAMS AT PARTICIPATING UNIVERSITIES
Fellowship awardees are required to attend a university designated as a DOE-approved institution of higher learning in the NNIS Fellowship program. To become a participating university, interested faculty members must submit an application, which can be found on www.scuref.org. 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. The list of participating universities and university fellowship coordinators (see participating universities on right side of this page). Interested applicants may contact any fellowship coordinator directly for detailed information related to the university's nuclear nonproliferation international safeguards program.