The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Graduate Fellowship Program
The Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Graduate Fellowship Program is a hybrid graduate education program created to meet the specific educational needs of both military and civilian CWMD federal government personnel.
The Fellowship is comprised of the CWMD Graduate Certificate and the Master Degree programs. These programs provides select DoD and Interagency personnel of exceptional promise the opportunity to obtain a specialized, graduate-level education necessary to support and properly advise senior military and civilian leaders responsible for CWMD. The curriculum and coursework is designed to bridge the professional gap between the CWMD technical and policy fields. At the end of the program, students will have developed the skill to write and advise on strategic CWMD policy issues.
The Fellowship Program is sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, ODASD (CBD).
Partnering with Civilian Institutions to Provide a Unique CWMD Education
The CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program is administered as a unique public-private partnership conducted jointly by the National Defense University’s (NDU) Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (CSWMD) and Missouri State University’s (MSU) Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies (DSS). Missouri State University’s DSS satellite campus located in Fairfax, VA, is an accredited civilian academic institution that offers a Graduate Certificate and a Master of Science degree in Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Studies.
Through this partnership, students have the opportunity to engage in a unique CWMD-focused educational program. MSU’s Graduate Department of Defense and Strategic Studies provides the mandatory curriculum and coursework that provides context and lays the foundation for understanding CWMD issues.
Leveraging Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction Expertise
To tailor this program to meet DoD educational needs, the Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction delivers a specialized CWMD-related education that is only available through U.S. Government channels. Through the CWMD Graduate Fellowship’s Colloquium courses (managed by CSWMD), students will access classified materials, attend site visits to WMD-related facilities, and receive lectures from U.S. Government practitioners and subject matter experts that introduce tools that move beyond the theoretical.
At the completion of the program, Fellows will graduate with a Master of Science in WMD Studies or with a Graduate Certificate in WMD Studies from Missouri State University.
Who Should Apply?
In keeping with the Program's aim of building depth of CWMD expertise in support of the U.S. national security objectives, the Program serves as a unique professional development opportunity for talented public servants with or without a CWMD background. The most competitive candidates will:
- Demonstrate that they require a deep understanding of CWMD-related issues to properly support and advise senior military and civilian leaders responsible for CWMD;
- Demonstrate a professional nexus with CWMD-related responsibilities (CWMD issues affect the entire Interagency, and we encourage applicants to reflect upon the way in which their current duties relate to these issues);
- Or both.
Please visit the Program of Study page to learn more about the CWMD Graduate Certificate and Master Degree programs.
If you have any additional questions about the program or application process, please contact the Education Program Manager, Dionne Whitby at CWMDFellowship@ndu.edu or (202) 685-7372.