NNSA Graduate Fellowship Program – Class of 2022

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

About the organization

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) advances the frontiers of knowledge, taking on some of the world’s greatest science and technology challenges. Distinctive strengths in chemistry, earth sciences, and data analytics are the heart of our science mission, laying a foundation for innovations that improve America’s energy resiliency and enhance our national security.

We are a national lab with Pacific Northwest roots and global reach. Whether our researchers are unlocking the mysteries of Earth’s climate, helping modernize the US electric power grid, or safeguarding ports around the world from nuclear smuggling, we accept great challenges for one purpose: to create a world that is safer, cleaner, more prosperous, and more secure.

We're located in Richland, Wash., and are one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation.


The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellowship Program (NGFP) has become a premier channel for bringing top talent to our nation’s critical security missions and providing unique opportunities for fellows to: (1) work alongside leading experts at NNSA program and site offices; (2) participate in exclusive professional development, networking, and training opportunities; and (3) engage with national security stakeholders and support leading events and activities around the world. The program is sponsored by NNSA and administered by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

The fellowship is a 12-month, salaried position working with NNSA program offices in Washington, D.C. or at one of the NNSA Site Locations nationwide .To learn more about the site locations, visit: https://www.energy.gov/nnsa/locations .

NGFP gives highly motivated, graduate-level students a full year of:
-Real-world experience to prepare for a career in national security
-Opportunities to make significant contributions to the nation
-Specialized training, leadership and career development, and networking
-Collaboration with professionals and leading researchers nationally and internationally

Fellows support a range of mission areas, including but not limited to nuclear security and nonproliferation policy and technology, national security research and development, and business and project management. Responsibilities vary by assignment.


Minimum Qualifications:
-Be matriculated/enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited college or university at the time of application OR
-Have completed a graduate degree program within 18 months (April 1, 2020) prior to the application deadline AND
-Have a final and current cumulative GPA of at least a 3.00/4.00 in the graduate degree program
-Selected applicants enrolled in Fall semester/quarter with no previous graduate-level grades must supply official transcripts demonstrating eligibility (minimum 3.0 GPA) no later than January 14, 2022
-Be a U.S. citizen eligible for a security clearance
-Available to work full time for the duration of the one-year fellowship (June 2022 – June 2023)

Preferred Qualifications:
-Pursuing or having completed a master’s degree or PhD in a STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, or Mathematics) or policy field.


Master's In Progress: $53,300 / Post Master's or PhD in Progress: $60,000 / Post-Doc: $70,500 plus a comprehensive benefits package

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

For more information about the fellowship, visit the NGFP website at https://www.pnnl.gov/projects/ngfp.

Application Instructions:

1. Complete the PNNL job application at: https://pnnl.jobs/washington-dc/nnsa-graduate-fellowship-program-class-of-2022/459DB9AAD4FF41859C64B1B31403C2A3/job/.

Complete the supplemental application at: https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/69755-Pnnl.

To be considered for the fellowship, both applications must be completed on or before 11:59pm PST on October 1, 2021. Failure to complete both applications will result in the applicant not being considered for the position.

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