The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship at LNSP

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

Stipend Information

All fellows will receive a 12-month stipend of $80,000/year  (or pro-rated for a shorter period if desired and by agreement).  MIT’s health insurance is not included, however Fellows will have access to the MIT Affiliate Health Insurance Plan and the stipend offered for this position takes the costs of the plan into consideration.  Office space and supplies, use of a computer, access to MIT’s libraries, and other facilities will be provided.


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.

Application Instructions

Application packages should be uploaded through the MIT jobs website at; search for position number 15848.  

Applicants must submit:

  • A complete Curriculum Vitae

  • A Statement of Purpose (1-page maximum)

  • A research proposal or a narrated list of proposed research topics. The proposal must be policy relevant.

  • Names and contact details for three references, at least two of which must be academic

We will contact the references of finalists to ask that they send a letter of reference directly to the selection committee.

Proposals for a two-year fellowship should be structured such that proposed milestones and deadlines can be measured before March 15 to enable the committee making a decision about continuing for a second year.  Fellows will be required to apply renewal on the same schedule as new fellows and will compete for the same fellowship resources.

Applicants whose proposal requires the use of laboratory facilities or computational resources at MIT, national laboratories, or other institutions should mention whether approval from the appropriate responsible laboratory director, particularly concerning costs and potential restrictions has been obtained.

Proposals may include a budget request for costs such as laboratory supplies, travel to specific conferences, and similar research expenses, but be aware that resources for such items are limited.  A budget is not required for proposals with no extraordinary expenses beyond the Fellow’s stipend.