2022 Application Information 

Applications for the 2022 Nuclear Scholars Initiative are now open. 

All application materials should be emailed to Genevieve Hackman at ghackman@csis.org. 

To complete your application you will need to submit: 

  1. Research Proposal
  2. A letter of recommendation
  3. Resume/CV 

About Nuclear Scholars Initiative

The Nuclear Scholars Initiative aims to provide top graduate students and young professionals from around the country with a unique venue to interact, dialogue and gain in-depth knowledge on nuclear weapons.

Benefits/Opportunities

Addressing an increasingly complex array of nuclear weapons challenges in the future will require talented next generation professionals with the necessary technical, operational, and policy expertise. To help develop this expertise and connect rising nuclear experts, PONI runs an annual Nuclear Scholars Initiative (NSI) for a group of select graduate students and young professionals from diverse and inclusive backgrounds and perspectives. NSI provides these individuals with a unique venue to interact, dialogue, and gain in-depth knowledge on nuclear weapons, arms control, nonproliferation, and other related challenges. Those accepted into the program are hosted once per month over the course of six months at CSIS in Washington, DC where they participate in daylong workshops that include discussions with senior experts, professional development seminars, break-out discussions, debates, simulations, and table-top exercises. Topics include deterrence, regional analysis, arms control, nonproliferation, nuclear security, and emerging technology.

Developing your research, writing, and analytic skills are critical components of the Nuclear Scholars Initiative. Scholars are expected to prepare a research product during their time as a scholar. Options include writing an article for the annual PONI journal, a short analysis piece for the Next Generation Nuclear Network (NGNN) website, or a collaborative research project. There will also be opportunities to present your research at a PONI conference. During the six months, scholars will be given the opportunity to hone their research product through reviews with their peers, members of the Mid-Career Cadre, and senior experts.

PONI can cover travel costs for select participants located outside of the Washington, DC.

While we aim to host programming in person, due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic we are prepared to host the meetings virtually if necessary. At this time, we cannot confirm if the meetings will be in-person. If you are selected, you will be notified the dates of the meetings and if they will be held in-person or virtually.