Talking about the global reputation of the Monterey Institute’s James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies is one thing; having it convincingly demonstrated is quite another. As of June 2010, MIIS/CNS students will occupy almost a full quarter of the total number of positions in one of the nation’s most prestigious government-sponsored nonproliferation fellowship program. This vote of confidence from the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation came in the form of the selection of CNS students for six of the 26 offered positions in their highly competitive Nonproliferation Graduate Fellows Program (NGFP).
Graduate students admitted to the NGFP enter a 12-month, full-time fellowship program in Washington, D.C. that provides participants with specialized training and practical experience on projects and initiatives involving the U.S. Department of Energy, other government agencies, national laboratories, foreign governments, and non-governmental organizations. Like the Presidential Management Fellowship, the NGFP provides its fellows the opportunity to conduct hands-on, policy-relevant work at a high level. However, as a far smaller and more specialized program, "NGFPers" are usually a tight-knit group from year to year, and each fellow can expect to receive comprehensive nonproliferation training and extensive professional support during his or her time with NNSA.