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, as evidenced by a conversion-to-staff rate of approximately 65% 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
  • No previous postdoctoral appointments at a national laboratory (pre-postdoc internships excluded)
  • Research in areas meaningful to national security
  • Development and submission of a compelling research proposal
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance, which requires US citizenship

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.

  • Read the Truman Fellowship application guidelines (PDF, 210 kB), and submit the required documentation, as described in the guidelines.
  • Locate job opening 671711 on Sandia's Careers search page.
  • Click "Apply Now," and follow the instructions to upload your application, including resume and required documentation as described in the guidelines.