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.
The Technology and National Security Fellowship is currently recruiting applicants for its second annual cohort, which will occur from August 2021 to August 2022. NSIN will select up to 15 fellows with STEM backgrounds and technical expertise to be embedded in the offices of key decision makers at the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill.
Throughout the yearlong program, Fellows will engage with policy makers and their immediate staff to help provide technical expertise and advice on 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 with two-to-three years of experience. Participants can possess a diverse skill set ranging from software development to policy research.
Selected Fellows must be:
- Recent or Imminent STEM graduates (or have meaningful equivalent work experience)
- Have a desire to contribute their technical knowledge to the national security enterprise
- Willing to serve in non-partisan roles on the immediate staffs of key decision makers in Congress and at the Pentagon
- Willing to embed in a host office for a period of one (1) year
- Able to obtain a U.S. Government secret level security clearance
Technology and National Security Fellows are meant to provide technical expertise and insight to top-level policy makers within the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress. Fellows placed in Congressional offices will serve with Members or committee staff for one of the four defense and two intelligence committees of jurisdiction across both chambers of Congress. Fellows assigned to the Pentagon will be placed in the offices of Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or other senior defense officials within the Military Services. Final placement of each Fellow will be determined based on their unique skill sets and host needs.
Congressional offices hosting Fellows will be limited to:
- Personal offices of Members of the HASC; SASC; HAC-D; SAC-D; HPSCI; and SSCI, or
- Committee Staff for HASC; SASC; HAC-D; SAC-D; HPSCI; and SSCI
Pentagon offices hosting Fellows will be limited to:
- Senior defense officials within the Office of the Secretary of Defense; or
- Immediate Offices of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; or
- Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed officials at or above the Assistant Secretary level within the Military Services
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible to apply?
Individuals holding either an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field can apply for the Technology and National Security Fellowship. Top applicants must have demonstrated technical or entrepreneurial experience or expertise and must have at least two-to-three years of work experience. Participants must be U.S. Citizens.
Who is an ideal candidate for TNSF?
The Technology and National Security Fellowship program diversifies the national security innovation base by creating a new model of national security service. Extensive experience working with the military or Congress is not required. Those applicants with prior military or government work experience will be evaluated primarily on their technical expertise. Successful applicants have developed a proficiency in both technical and entrepreneurial skills through their academic or work experience. Strong candidates will have a robust technical skillset, and a passion for public service. Fellows will be embedded in fast moving, high profile offices that will require a strong work ethic and passion for the mission of the office to which they’re assigned in order to be successful and provide value.
What will Fellows be doing?
Participants will be embedded directly with members, committees, and front offices in the U.S. Congress and Department of Defense in order to provide technical expertise to policymakers. Each fellow’s daily activities will vary based on their skill set and the specific needs of the host office. Fellows will be placed to maximize their opportunities for impact, and to address explicit needs of decision-makers within the DoD and Congress. Typical work may include providing research and writing support, engaging with stakeholders, and developing briefing materials. Beyond their day-to-day responsibilities, fellows will participate in an orientation with the National Security Innovation Network, monthly cohort dinners, and other mentorship and networking opportunities.
Is this Fellowship Paid?
Commensurate with education and experience, Fellows will be paid a competitive salary within the GS-11-13 pay band (inclusive of locality pay for DC).
When and where will the fellowship take place?
The second cohort will run from September 2021 to August 2022. All Fellows will be place in offices throughout the National Capital Area, with fellows reporting either to Capitol Hill or the Pentagon daily based on individual placement.
How should I submit letters of recommendation with my application?
To submit letters of recommendation, please upload directly in your application, or email the letters to TNSF@nsin.us
NOV 2020 - JANUARY 2021: Customer Recruitment
01 MAR - 15 APR 2021: TNSF Participant Recruitment
APR - MAY 2021: Interviews and Matching
SEP 2021: Program Launch
AUG 2022: FY21 TNSF Cohort Ends
The application period for the 2021-2022 cohort has closed.
Questions about TNSF?
Please direct any questions to TNSF@nsin.us
NSIN is closely monitoring the fluid situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and may make adjustments to the Fellowship’s structure and timing as the situation warrants.