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NDU offers Private Sector Fellows the chance to engage with prominent national security policymakers in a collaborative environment, gain valuable leadership experience for their future career goals, and cultivate lasting professional relationships with military leadership.

Eligibility Requirements

There are two categories of eligibility: Private Sector Firms, and Private Sector Fellows.

Private Sector Firm Eligibility (must meet at least one):

  • Firm is a member of the US Department of Homeland Security Sector Coordinating Council (SCC); or,
  • Firm is a member of a trade association that is a member of the SCC (i.e., the National Defense Industrial Association, Aerospace Industries Association); or,
  • Firm can document significant and substantial defense-related systems, products or services provided to the US Department of Defense or other Governmental departments or agencies.

Firms not meeting any of the above eligibility requirements may still be accepted to participate, pending NDU General Counsel determination.

Private Sector Fellow Eligibility:

  • Prospective fellows must be employed by an eligible private sector firm, and remain employed during their time at NDU; and,
  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university; and,
  • Meet security/background investigation requirements (i.e., National Agency Check, with Inquiries [NACI]).

Applications for Admission

Application Form → Memorandum of Agreement →

Summary of Required Documents

  • NDU/ES Private Sector Fellow Nomination Form
  • One official transcript (highest degree earned)*
  • One-page student biography or résumé*
  • Educational Release Records Form
  • Memorandum of Agreement

* Items provided by the prospective fellow and attached to application package.