Nuclear Weapons

New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellowship

01.11.23 | 3 min read


After decades of reductions in the number and salience of nuclear weapons, they are once again at the center of international security. All nine nuclear-armed states are updating their arsenals and several are expanding them. But despite new military technology and new risks, the concepts underpinning nuclear deterrence have changed little since the height of the Cold War. It is more important than ever that the nuclear policy community recruit new voices from diverse demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds to bring new perspectives, skills, and ideas into the field.

To empower new voices to start their career in nuclear weapons studies, the Federation of American Scientists is launching the New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellowship. During the four-month program (May to August 2023), each fellow will be paired with a senior academic or policy expert to co-author a research project that provides a creative perspective on nuclear deterrence policy.

New Voices on Nuclear Weapons Fellows receive the following benefits:

Expectations, Requirements, and Deliverables

Successful tenure in the program will be based on the satisfactory completion of the following minimum requirements and deliverables:

Eligibility and Application Process

If you are currently enrolled in, or have in the past year graduated from, a BA, MA, or vocational program, and interested in a career focused on nuclear weapons, we encourage you to apply.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every listed qualification. At FAS we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, and developing new voices. If you’re excited about this role but worry you don’t have the perfect qualifications or experience, we encourage you to apply anyway – you might just be the right candidate!

Applications are closed.

The application consists of an online application form and a resume or CV. The form contains three short-answer questions on the candidate’s interests and experiences, of no more than 1,000 words total. No formal research proposal or references are necessary. Candidates who advance to the next stage will be asked to submit short, recorded interviews.