The Technology and National Security Fellowship is an opportunity for technologists and entrepreneurs to serve their country by embedding with key decision-makers at the top levels of the U.S. Government.


Recent advanced-degree graduates serve their country through this one-year Department of Defense fellowship in the Pentagon or Capitol Hill to address technology and national security policy issues.

Fellows embed with host offices within U.S. Government to provide advice and emerging expertise for matters at the critical intersection of national security and technology.


Washington, DC or Texas


Typically, NSIN will select up to 15 fellows with STEM backgrounds and technical expertise to be embedded in the offices of key decision-makers at the Department of Defense and on Capitol Hill.

Fellows will engage with policymakers and their immediate staff throughout the year-long program to help provide technical expertise and advice on various critical subject areas.

TNSF is open to U.S. citizens with an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM or STEAM field with two to three years of experience. Participants can possess a diverse skill set ranging from software development to policy research.

Selected Fellows must be:

  • Recent or Imminent STEM advanced degree graduates (or have meaningful equivalent work experience)
  • Have a desire to contribute their technical knowledge to the national security enterprise
  • Willing to serve in non-partisan roles on the immediate staffs of key decision-makers in Congress and at the Pentagon
  • Willing to embed in a host office for a period of one (1) year
  • Able to obtain a U.S. Government secret level security clearance


  • Commensurate with education and experience, Fellows will be paid a competitive salary within the GS-11-13 pay band (inclusive of locality pay).


Technology and National Security Fellows are meant to provide technical expertise and insight to top-level policy makers within the Department of Defense and the U.S. Congress. Fellows placed in Congressional offices will serve with Members or committee staff for one of the four defense and two intelligence committees of jurisdiction across both chambers of Congress. Fellows assigned to the Pentagon will be placed in the offices of Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed officials in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, or other senior defense officials within the Military Services. Final placement of each Fellow will be determined based on their unique skill sets and host needs.

Congressional offices hosting Fellows will be limited to:

  • Personal offices of Members of the HASC; SASC; HAC-D; SAC-D; HPSCI; and SSCI, or
  • Committee Staff for HASC; SASC; HAC-D; SAC-D; HPSCI; and SSCI

Pentagon offices hosting Fellows will be limited to:

  • Senior defense officials within the Office of the Secretary of Defense; or
  • Immediate Offices of the Chairman and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; or
  • Presidentially Appointed, Senate Confirmed officials at or above the Assistant Secretary level within the Military Services

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COVID-19 Notice

NSIN is closely monitoring the fluid situation surrounding the COVID-19 virus and may make adjustments to the Fellowship’s structure and timing as the situation warrants.