Eligibility Criteria

The CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program welcomes applications from:

  • Uniformed personnel in the grades of WO2–WO5 and O-3–O-6.
  • DoD civilians in the grades of GS-9–GS-15.
  • Non-DoD personnel who are of equivalent ranks to those listed above and are able to provide their own funding. DoD funding is limited to DoD personnel only.


    Applicants must:

    • Possess a bachelor degree.
    • Possess a final DoD SECRET clearance.
    • Secure the permission and support of their supervisory chain to depart their workplace in time to:
      • Depart work in time to attend classes at 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time), either in-residence at the MSU campus in Fairfax, Virginia and the NDU campus in Washington, D.C. or remotely.
      • Attend the CWMD Fellows Colloquium conducted at NDU, as follows:
        • First-year students will attend a week-long colloquium session during the week of August 12-17, 2019. Attendance at this entire week is mandatory. Failure to attend this week-long session in its entirety will result in dismissal from the CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program.
        • Second-year students will attend monthly colloquium sessions, typically held on Friday afternoons, throughout the academic year.


    • For DoD CWMD Graduate Fellows: The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs (the Fellowship sponsor) covers all costs, including tuition, books, and course fees.
    • For Non-DoD CWMD Graduate Fellows: The cost is approximately $13,000 per year. Non-DoD Fellows must secure funding from their home organizations or pay out of pocket.