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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
- 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 2024-2025 Schedule
- March 1, 2023 – Application opens
- October 2, 2023 – Application closes
- June 2024 – Fellowships begins
- June 2025 – 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.