Ambassador Linton Brooks Fellowship

This prestigious fellowship will allow one mid-career expert from NNSA or an associated laboratory, plant, or site complex to work at CSIS in Washington, DC for one year to engage in research and training programs on a wide range of nonproliferation and arms control issues. The Linton Brooks Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions with former arms control negotiators, inspectors, or other experts.  

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The National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Nonproliferation and Arms Control (NPAC) in the Office Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation (DNN) and the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI) is now accepting applications for their new Ambassador Linton Brooks Fellowship. This prestigious fellowship will allow one mid-career expert from NNSA or an associated laboratory, plant, or site complex to work at CSIS in Washington, DC for one year to engage in research and training programs on a wide range of nonproliferation and arms control issues. The Linton Brooks Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in mentoring sessions with former arms control negotiators, inspectors, or other experts.  

The fellowship is designed to provide an opportunity for mid-career experts to gain a deeper understanding of how their current role contributes to broader arms control efforts and develop skills to influence further approaches to monitoring and verification. This experience in DC will expose fellows to the perspectives of NGOs and civil society, in addition to providing an opportunity to engage with military experts. The fellow will also have the opportunity to explore an unclassified monitoring and verification research topic for the duration of the program, with the intent to help lead future NNSA monitoring and verification efforts. This opportunity will cultivate valuable skills and expertise for the fellow to utilize upon return to their home site.

This fellowship honors Ambassador Linton Brooks, former Undersecretary of Energy for Nuclear Security, Assistant Director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and chief U.S. negotiator for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Not only has Ambassador Brooks played a pivotal role in shaping arms control as it is today, but he played a leading role in establishing PONI in 2003.  Learn more about Ambassador Brooks here.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Explore a wide range of arms control and nonproliferation issues, including current perceptions of strategic relationships and which risk reduction measures would be useful stepping stones toward future arms control agreements. 
  • Generate new research on how arms control tools could adapt to meet future challenges, as well as how countries with disparate arsenals and divergent priorities would approach equity in monitoring and verification requirements in order to maintain confidence in an agreement. 
  • Publish at least one in depth analytical piece on the future of arms control during the term of the fellowship.
  • Contribute to the development of a digital arms control archive, collection of video and audio interviews, and analysis center on lessons learned from past arms control agreements. 
  • Support programs aimed at knowledge transfer and knowledge retention, as well as activities for NextGen nuclear professionals. 
  • Participate in mentoring sessions with former arms control negotiators, inspectors, or other experts. 

Knowledge, Experience, and Other Requirements

  • Must be a mid-career professional with seven or more years of experience in the nuclear field. 
  • Must be currently employed by NNSA or an associated laboratory, plant, and site complex. 
  • Must demonstrate interest or experience with issues related to nuclear arms control, nonproliferation, monitoring, verification, risk reduction, and nuclear safeguards. 
  • Must be willing and able to relocate to Washington, DC for the duration of the fellowship.
  • This position may require travel 2-4 times over the course of the fellowship. 
  • Salary and housing stipend will be provided through the NNSA Office of Nuclear Verification.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume/CV, cover letter, and a letter of recommendation. Please use this form to upload resumes/CVs and cover letters. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly from the recommender to Libby Kos (ekos@csis.org).

Your cover letter should include why you want to serve as a Linton Brooks Fellow, how you hope to contribute to the work of DNN and PONI, and your interest and experience related to nonproliferation and arms control issues. Your recommendation letter should highlight your professional experience and contributions to the nuclear field.

The deadline for applications is Monday, June 24 at 11:59 PM EST.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can Office of Science National Laboratory experts apply?

A: Yes, any individual employed by NNSA or an associated laboratory, plant, and site complex, including Office of Science National Laboratory experts, are welcome to apply.

 

Q: Will I have to relocate to DC for this position?

A: Yes, this position requires relocation to DC.

 

Q: What is the sensitivity level of the research component?

A: All research will be unclassified. This program will not include use of Controlled Unclassified Information.

 

Q: When can I expect to hear back on the status of my application?

A: Decisions will be sent out in July 2024.

 

Q: When would my expected start date be?

A: The Linton Brooks Fellow will begin work in DC in Fall 2024.