Applying to the Program

The Application Season for the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Graduate Fellowship Program is now OPEN.


Eligibility.  Applicants with or without a CWMD background are encouraged to apply. Applications from DoD civilian personnel and uniformed service members (commissioned and senior noncommissioned officer) are welcome. Members of the National Guard and Reserve, as well as personnel from other federal agencies, are also encouraged to apply.

The most competitive candidates will:

  • Demonstrate a professional need that involves having CWMD-related responsibilities;
  • Demonstrate that they require a deeper understanding of WMD-related issues to properly support and advise senior military and civilian leaders responsible for CWMD;
  • Or both.

All applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Hold an active SECRET clearance,
  • Possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.
  • Attend a week-long Colloquium. The Colloquium provides a comprehensive overview of the field of WMD Studies and is held online, 16-20 August 2021. Participation is mandatory.

Application Deadline. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm on 22 March 2021. 

Special notice: Please see the Programs of Study page for important information regarding changes to program delivery and funding.

Applying to the Program. The necessary documents for completing the CWMD Graduate Fellowship Program application are listed below:

If you have any questions, please consult the “Frequently Asked Questions” document above. For other inquiries or to report application issues, please e-mail

All applicants will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of their application. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail within three business days after submission, please contact the Program Delivery Specialist at