Graduate Fellowship, Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (Washington, DC)


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).

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.


  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree (many applicants also hold advanced or professional degrees);
  • Possess an active SECRET clearance;
  • Be a civilian or uniformed member of the DoD to qualify for Graduate Fellowship Program funding. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs covers all costs, including tuition, books, and course fees for members of the DoD.
  • Non-DoD federal government employees are encouraged to apply, but must secure their own funding. The cost is approximately $13,000 per year.
  • All applicants must secure the permission of their supervisory chain to participate in the program and depart their workplace in time to:
    • Attend class at 6:00pm (Eastern Time), either in-residence at MSU campus in Fairfax, VA and the NDU campus in Washington, D.C. or remotely.
    • Attend the following in-residence CWMD Graduate Fellowship Colloquiums:
      • First-year students pursuing the Graduate Certificate will attend a week-long mandatory Colloquium at NDU in Washington, D.C. from August 10-14, 2020.
      • Second-year students pursuing the master’s degree will attend monthly colloquium sessions at NDU


For more information and to apply, click here.

Apply by April 30, 2020.

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