The Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE) Laboratory for Nuclear Security Policy (LNSP) is seeking applicants for the Stanton Fellowship in Nuclear Security. The Fellowship comes with a stipend of $80,000/year and is intended to develop the next generation of leaders in technical aspects of nuclear security by supporting research that advances policy-relevant understanding of nuclear-security issues.

Fellows work on a research projects at the intersection of technology and nuclear-security policy. Fellows may join an existing project or propose their own. Projects should take advantage of faculty expertise at LNSP and NSE.  Collaboration with members of the MIT Security Studies Program is also encouraged.

Fellows are required to produce an original, policy-relevant paper before the conclusion of the fellowship, preferably a publication in an academic journal. Fellows are also required present their work at the annual Stanton Nuclear Security Seminar hosted by the Stanton Foundation. Fellows are strongly encouraged to integrate themselves into the nuclear security community at MIT by giving seminars to colleagues and by collaborating on related projects.

Fellowships will generally be granted for one year, but can be extended to two years subject to mutual interest, funding, and satisfactory progress during the first year. Proposals for two-year projects may be submitted at the time of the initial application, however the applicant will still be required to produce a final paper prior to the conclusion of the first year.

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Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant technical field (e.g., Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Nuclear Chemistry, etc.) or a combination of technical expertise in nuclear-related sciences and an advanced degree in a related policy area by the inception of the fellowship.  Exceptionally well-qualified candidates who have appropriate technical background sufficient to ensure success of research but who lack an advanced degree are welcome to apply, however please note that preference will be given to young scholars seeking to develop a career in the field.

Current MIT staff members are not eligible for this fellowship. Fellows are required to be in residence at MIT. Fellows are also required to adhere to MIT rules on intellectual property.

Deadline and Application

This is an ongoing opportunity. Appointments will typically follow the academic year. Applications received by Dec 15, 2018 will be considered for fellowships in the 2019-2020 academic year beginning September 2019. Final selection of Fellows will occur by March 15th, 2019.

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