The Technology and National Security Fellowship (TNSF) is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by embedding with key decision makers at the top levels of the U.S. Government to provide advice and emerging expertise for issues at the critical intersection of national security and technology. Participants within this program can see their work affecting decisions made within both the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill.

Participants

The Technology and National Security Fellowship recruits applicants on an annual basis for a Fellowship placement, which occurs from August-August each year. NSIN recruits Fellows with STEM backgrounds and technical expertise to embed in the offices of key decision makers at the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill. Throughout the yearlong program, Fellows directly support policy makers and their immediate staff to help provide technical expertise and advice to a variety of critical subject areas. TNSF is open to U.S. citizens with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM or STEAM field. Participants can possess a diverse skill set ranging from software development to policy research.

Fellowship Host Offices

The Technology and National Security Fellowship is meant to address a technological knowledge gap that the offices of most top-level policy makers face. In Congress, Fellows will be placed in the member offices or embedded with committee staff of one of the four relevant defense committees across both chambers of Congress. Fellows assigned to the Pentagon will be placed in the offices of senior defense officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or in the offices of senior leaders throughout the Military Services. Once selected, Fellows will be placed in an office that best fits their unique skill sets.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals holding either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field are able to apply for the Technology and National Security Fellowship. Top applicants must have demonstrated technical or entrepreneurial experience or expertise and should come with at least two (2) years of work experience. Participants must be U.S. Citizens.

Compensation

This is a paid fellowship. A competitive salary, commensurate with education and experience, will be paid within the GS-10 pay band (inclusive of locality pay for DC).

Important Dates for the 2021 Cohort

Participant Recruitment: February – April 2021
Interviews and Matching: April – May 2021
Launch: August/September 2021

Apply

Applications for the TNSF program can be found at: https://www.nsin.us/tnsf.

Questions?

Contact Jake Laktas at jlaktas@nsin.us.


TNSF at WashU is made possible through a partnership with the Department of Defense’s National Security Innovation Network. For more information about NSIN at WashU, contact Jake Laktas.