Truman Fellowship

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.


  • Research in areas of interest to national security
  • A recent Ph.D. (awarded within the past three years) or the ability to complete all Ph.D. requirements before beginning the fellowship
  • Minimum GPAs of 3.5/4.0 (undergraduate) and 3.7/4.0 (graduate) preferred
  • The ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance
  • No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory

Application procedure

The Truman Fellowship is a three-year appointment that typically begins on October 1. The application deadline for fellows is November 1 of the year prior to the October start date. Applicants for the Truman Fellowship may be considered for other positions at Sandia.

To apply for the Truman Fellowship, follow these steps:

  1. Read the Truman Fellowship application guidelines (PDF, 162 kB), and submit the required documentation, as described in the guidelines.
  2. View the job opening for the Harry S. Truman Fellowship (646048).
  3. Click Apply Now, and follow the instructions to upload your resume.