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For your application to be considered complete, you must submit the following by the deadline listed on the schedule (below):
- Letter of Interest
- Two letters of recommendation
- Education and work history
- Resumé submitted to the PNNL jobs website posting for NNSA Graduate Fellow (see pnnl.gov/careers). Use the same email address as you use for the NGFP Application System.
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be eligible for security clearance based on position requirements (see below).
- Have a career interest in U.S. and national security.
- Demonstrate maturity, good judgment, and self-motivation.
- Have excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in an integrated and diverse environment.
- Be enrolled in a graduate program at the time of application, OR
- Have completed a graduate degree program on or after April 1, 2020, AND
- Have a final and current cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 in the graduate degree program.
Some participants may be able to take advantage of the tuition reimbursement benefit and choose to continue their graduate studies during their fellowship.
To obtain a security clearance, enabling access to sensitive information, individuals will be subject to a federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements, including demonstration of non-use of federally illegal drugs (including CBD and substances legal in the applicant's state) for twelve consecutive months prior to submission of the clearance request. Non-use of federally classified illegal drugs is initially determined through an initial drug screen and review of the individual's Questionnaire for National Security Positions. Once the security clearance is granted, individuals will then be subject to random and for-cause drug testing. During the course of the federal background investigation, the other following areas will also be examined:
- employment and school records;
- criminal history;
- financial and credit history;
- academic performance and attendance;
- and residence history.
If performance in any of these or other areas would preclude eligibility for a security clearance, graduate students interested in the program should not apply.
The SF-86 Form is required for processing requests for DOE security clearances. This process will begin immediately upon offer acceptance. The form is extensively detailed and will require some time to complete. It is recommended that applicants who receive an interview review this form and begin collecting the relevant information.
Class of 2022-2023 Schedule
- March 1, 2021 – Application opens
- October 1, 2021 – Application closes
- June 2022 – Fellowships begins
- June 2023 – Fellowships complete
Applications are open spring through early fall. If you are not currently eligible to apply, check back in the spring for an updated schedule for the next class year. Applicants must be within eighteen months of receiving their degree to be eligible to apply for the upcoming class.