Workforce Development Program


The Workforce Development (WFD) / Minority Serving Institution (MSI) component of the ADAC Fellows Program was initiated in November 2016 with supplemental funding from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The specific aim of the WFD program is two-fold: 1) To contribute to the growth of highly skilled workforce for Homeland Security agencies; and 2) To contribute to the capability of the U.S. Coast Guard operator in support of USCG missions in the Arctic. ADAC recruited the first WFD students in early 2017.

Similarly to the Career Development Grant (CDG) component, the WFD program provides resources and education as well as mentorship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that enables their unique engagement in ADAC led research projects, ADAC hosted and supported workshops and other Center activities focused on supporting ADAC’s mission in the DHS Science & Technology areas of concentration. Student research conducted by WFD Fellows can meaningfully advance projects within the ADAC portfolio to the benefit of DHS, the U.S. Coast Guard and other DHS maritime missions.

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to achieve and maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher on a 4.00 scale averaged over all academic terms
  • Ability to pass a background check as required by many positions in the homeland security field
  • Majoring in a priority science and engineering related discipline related to ADAC’s research areas

  • Undergraduate students: Up to 2 years
  • Graduate students: Up to 3 years

  • Monthly stipend and tuition assistance (fall and spring semesters only) at defined levels for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Assistance with obtaining paid summer internships

  • Completion of two 10
  • week summer internships while in the program
  • Commitment to seek and obtain employment in the Homeland Security Enterprise for one year after graduation