General Lab Information


This course is designed to give students a sound understanding of the framework created by the international community to address the threats of nuclear proliferation and nuclear terrorism. The focus is on the central element of this regime, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its verification mechanism, the IAEA safeguards system.

The course presents students with critical assessments of current nonproliferation issues, confronts them with the hard choices needed to address them, and provides in-depth analysis of the technical and legal framework needed to assess policy options. Exercises and demonstrations introduce students to the techniques and technologies of international safeguards and the challenges faced by international inspectors in the field. Above all, the course aims to give participants the knowledge, analytic tools, and the motivation to contribute to the improvement of the nonproliferation regime.

Course Topical Areas

  • Nuclear Fuel Cycle
  • Nuclear Weapons
  • Nuclear Safety
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Nuclear Nonproliferation Successes and Failures
  • IAEA Safeguards: Concepts and Implementation Examples
  • IAEA Safeguards Complementary Access Exercise
  • Authorities of the IAEA
  • Other WMD Issues

Course Information

A detailed course schedule for 2023 will be available soon. To be eligible to participate, applicants must be 18 years or older as of July 17, 2023, and must be in or entering graduate school, have recently completed graduate school, or be currently employed in a relevant field.

  • Course instructors to be announced.
  • A stipend up to $1000 is available based on a demonstration of need. Stipends are only available to current students
  • There is no cost to participants to attend this course.

Important Dates

March 15, 2023 Application submission opens
April 14, 2023 Application submission closes
April 17, 2023 Submission deadline for letter of recommendation
April 24, 2023 Notification of acceptance (by e-mail)

Course Information

Note: This event falls under Exemption D (Formal classroom training held at Federal facilities, which does not exhibit indicia of a formal conference as outlined in the Conference/Event Exemption Request Form.) Participation is contingent on application acceptance.