Evaluation of Applications
When an application is received, MUSC will review all the materials to ensure that the applicant has completed all the necessary forms. If time permits, the staff will attempt to contact applicants who have submitted an incomplete application. However, it is the applicant's responsibility to check with MUSC to ensure that an application is complete.
After an application is reviewed and designated complete, it is submitted with all other complete applications, to a review panel. The review panel is composed of university, NNSA, and national laboratory personnel who are directly responsible for instruction and/or research in the international safeguards and nuclear nonproliferation fields. The panel reviews each application and recommends award recipients. Applications are reviewed on the basis of grades, previous coursework, GRE scores, career and goals statement, and references. Other factors, including geographical criteria and professional personnel needs of the DOE/NNSA international safeguards nuclear non-proliferation research program, are also considered. The NNSA program sponsor reviews the applications and the panel's recommendations and approves the final selection.
The number of awards given each year is dependent on the number of graduating fellows currently in the program and on the funding availability.
After the NNSA approves the award recipients, MUSC notifies applicants of their award status. Notification usually occurs in April. Once fellowships are awarded MUSC handles the administration of the fellowship for NNSA. Questions about stipends, payment of tuition and fee, practicum assignments, travel, etc., should be directed to MUSC.