The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Graduate Fellowship Program is an initiative sponsored by the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense (ASD(NCB)). The program is administered by the National Defense University Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction on behalf of the ASD(NCB) with contracting assistance from the Joint Requirements Office for CBRN Defense, J8, Joint Staff.
The goal of the CWMD Graduate fellowship is to build an enduring cadre of national security leaders intellectually and experientially equipped to meet future WMD challenges and to function in an interagency capacity in support of the US Government’s CWMD mission.
The CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for national security professionals who demonstrate exceptional promise for future government service to engage in a rigorous educational experience leading to either a graduate certificate or a master of science degree in WMD Studies. The academic program is conducted jointly by the National Defense University (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction and Missouri State University (MSU) Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies, which hosts one of the foremost WMD Studies programs in the world.
The CWMD Fellowship covers all tuition and course fee expenses as well as the cost of textbooks required for regularly scheduled coursework.
CWMD Fellows continue with their regular employment and attend evening classes at the MSU Defense and Strategic Studies Program campus in Fairfax, VA, and at NDU at Fort Leslie J. McNair in Washington, D.C. They also participate (typically once a month) in a CWMD professional development program conducted during regular business hours at NDU.
During the first year of the Fellowship, CWMD Fellows complete the requirements for a Graduate Certificate in WMD Studies.
During the second year, they complete the requirements for a Master of Science Degree in WMD Studies.
Both the Graduate Certificate and the Master of Science Degree are awarded by MSU. CWMD Fellows completing their second year are also awarded the CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program certificate of completion by NDU.
CWMD Fellows who successfully complete the program incur a nominal service obligation within the DoD.