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Truman Fellowship

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, Nov 1st 2017

Sandia established the President Harry S. Truman Fellowship in National Security Science and Engineering to attract the best nationally recognized new Ph.D. scientists and engineers. This three-year fellowship is named for President Truman who charged Sandia in 1949 with providing "an exceptional service in the national interest" - a motto that leads Sandia to excel to this day.

Truman Fellows conduct independent ground-breaking research that supports Sandia's national-security mission. Fellows choose their own research topics and benefit by having access to Sandia's state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with some of the nation's best scientists and engineers. Fellows may work at either of Sandia's principal locations in New Mexico and California.

A member of Sandia's technical staff mentors each Truman Fellow. This emphasis on research mentoring enables Fellows to become integral members of Sandia R&D teams while acquiring unique skills during their early career development.


Sandia's competitive wage and benefits package includes an annual salary of $111,200; flexible work arrangements; 11 paid holidays; three weeks of vacation; health, vision, and dental insurance; and a 401(k) savings plan with company match.


Ph.D. awarded within the past three years at the time of application or completed Ph.D. requirements by commencement of appointment; with strong academic achievement and evidence of exceptional technical accomplishment, leadership, and ability to team effectively

Candidates must be seeking their first national laboratory appointment (no previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory)

Ability to obtain a DOE “Q” clearance, which requires US citizenship

How to Apply: 

To apply for the Truman Fellowship, follow these steps:

  1. Read the Truman Fellowship application guidelines (PDF, 181 kB), and submit the required documentation, as described in the guidelines.
  2. Locate job opening 657429 for the Harry S. Truman Fellowship.
  3. Click Apply Now, and follow the instructions to upload your resume.