The GW Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship

Nuclear Security Working Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Aug 03

Position description

The Fellowship at a Glance

  • The Congressional Nuclear Security Fellowship gives the next generation of national security leaders the opportunity to spend a year in a House/Senate office.
  • Up to eight fellows selected, for a roughly equal number of Democrat and Republican offices.
  • Fellows agree to work full-time for one calendar year, typically early January through December.
  • Fellows work under the supervision of senior office staff, and have the opportunity to learn about and contribute to their office’s work on national security issues (as defined by their supervisors).
  • Fellows receive a stipend award of up to $85,000.
  • George Washington University administers the competition and identifies finalists; hosting offices interview finalists and extend offers.


  • Fellows are treated as a member of the staff and are assigned responsibilities and duties based on the needs of the office.
  • Typical Fellow responsibilities include
  • Preparing senior staff and Members/Senators for hearings, meetings, and briefings;
  • Sharing their expertise on a range of national security issues, including nuclear topics, as requested by their supervisors;
  • Answering constituent inquiries;
  • Contributing to the legislative and policy priorities of their Members/Senators, under the direction of senior office staffers.
  • Fellows are also encouraged to forge professional relationships with colleagues with an interest in nuclear/national security issues from both sides of the aisle and deepening their professional relationships with the Washington policy community.


  • Fellows are selected through a competitive process on the basis of their professional experience, interpersonal and communications skills, specialized knowledge and professional references.
  • While Fellows do not need extensive experience in nuclear policy, qualified applicants will have a strong record of professional achievement in national security roles in government, the military, academia or the private sector.
  • Ideal candidates will also have an advanced degree in a relevant field, including international affairs, economics, defense planning, military operations or an area of the physical sciences with policy relevance.
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens at the time the Fellowship begins.
  • If applicants apply while enrolled in an academic program, they must have completed their studies by the time the fellowship begins.
  • Applicants may not be concurrent employees of the Federal government or Federal contractors at the time the fellowship begins.

Fellowship Award

  • Fellows are awarded a stipend of up to $85,000, based on past experience.
  • Fellows receive their stipends as independent contractors, are not eligible for benefits and are not considered employees of the George Washington University or the Congress.


  • The 2019 fellowship application opens in June
  • The application deadline has been extended: applications are now due August 31, 2018
  • Multiple interviews are conducted through November
  • Hosting offices make selections in late November/early December
  • Fellows begin placements in January

Application instructions

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