- Northeastern: 12/29/2023
- Fellowship: 12/29/2023
Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education.
GFSD is open for application by all U.S. citizens regardless of race or gender. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.
Since inception in 1989, NPSC has awarded 503 graduate fellowships. Of those fellows, 82% percent of recipients have been minority, female, or both, those historically underrepresented in science. Recent alumni have received PhD's from Caltech, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, North Carolina State, Stanford, Texas A & M, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Maryland – CP, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, and University of Wisconsin.
By helping to provide a continuous source of scientists who are U. S. citizens, employers and universities can achieve diversity and balance in our nation's scientific community. In turn, NPSC can help today's promising young scientists — tomorrow's science leaders — to realize their dreams.
Term Length: Initial support may be for two or three years, or for a full six years, depending on the employer-sponsor. If the initial support is for the shorter period, it may be extended up to six years at the discretion of the employer.
US Citizenship Required
- GFSD welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an GFSD member institution.
- Applicants at any stage of their graduate program may apply, as long as they will be available to accept two summers of paid internship. Those who already possess a doctoral degree are ineligible.
- Applicants must be accepted at a participating GFSD-member university or college and progress through a full-time study program leading to a graduate degree in the physical sciences or related engineering fields.
- Fellows must complete one or two summer internships, as the sponsoring employer requires.
- To continue in good standing, fellows must submit a transcript annually as well as any forms and information that GFSD requests.
- Fellows must perform satisfactorily in their summer internship and during the academic year.
- A fellow who switches his or her field of study to one not of interest to the sponsoring employer may have support terminated.
GFSD employers select fellows based the following factors, not in order:
- Whether the applicant’s field of study matches the employer’s needs
- Undergraduate and graduate course work and grades
- Research experience at a university or in industry
- Letters of recommendation from professors and employers. These can be decisive. The most effective letters are from persons who have supervised or observed the applicant’s participation in research.
- The GRE General tests are required; the Subject test is suggested and may be required by your university.
Using these criteria, employers review the pool of applicants and advise GFSD of which students the employer wishes to support. GFSD then makes the award.
Initial support may be for two or three years, or for a full six years, depending on the employer-sponsor. If the initial support is for the shorter period, it may be extended up to six years at the discretion of the employer.
The charge to the employer for each student supported is $27,000 annually, of which $20,000 is the fellow’s expense allowance and $7,000 is GFSD’s fee to support its operations. The charge is subject to change at the discretion of the GFSD Board of Directors.
The Application includes the following:
- Research Statement
- Personal Statement
- Publications and Presentations List
- Research Projects List
- GRE General & Subject Test Scores
- 2-5 recommendations
You must choose between the National Security Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Sandia National Laboratories to co-review your application. If you are awarded the fellowship, then you are required to complete a summer internship (with competitive pay) with that agency at some point during the course of your fellowship. Additionally, if you choose to leave academia after completing your PhD, you are expected to consider a job offer from that agency in good faith.