Fellowships & Scholarships
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships
  • Northeastern: 10/31/2022
  • Fellowship: 10/31/2022

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in applying for this fellowship, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. You may contact the office with any questions.

Award Details

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The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and medical insurance.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers, and towards this end, has awarded nearly 3,400 NDSEG fellowships since the program's inception in 1989.

Term Length: 3 Years
US Citizenship Required

There are four eligibility requirements: citizenship, discipline, academic status, and the ability to accept the full benefit.

Citizenship – The NDSEG Fellowship Program is open only to applicants who are citizens or nationals of the United States.

Discipline – Your field of study must fit under one of the fifteen supported disciplines:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Physics

Academic Status – NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering.

  • be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or
  • have completed no more than two years of full-time years graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.

Ability to accept – You must intend to pursue a doctoral degree in order to be eligible for NDSEG Fellowship support. If you are awarded, you must start your tenure in the fall of that year.

NDSEG Fellows must be enrolled full-time and must be pursuing graduate study at a U.S. institution; the NDSEG Fellowship does not pay for tuition at any non-U.S. institution.

A fellow may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another major fellowship.

An evaluation panel in each discipline reviews all complete and eligible applications. Each application is evaluated by a panel whose expertise is in the science or engineering discipline of the applicant’s proposed doctoral degree program.

The evaluation of applicants is based on review of their entire online application, including academic records, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores. The top applications that are ranked by the evaluation panel are then forwarded on to the Department of Defense.

The DoD then selects applicants to receive NDSEG Fellowships based on an assessment of the applicants’ academic ability in fields of interest to the DoD. Selection of awardees is made by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. Each agency directly monitors the awards conferred to fellows in discipline areas closely related to its mission.

Official award notification is sent via email by the start of April. Award winners are expected to accept or reject the offer within two weeks of official notification. On average, 10% of reviewed applicants are selected to receive awards each year.

The DoD will pay the fellow’s full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board).

All Fellows, starting with the 2015 Class, will receive a total of $102,000.00 in stipend funds over the course of their 36-month program tenure. Stipends are prorated monthly based on a 12-month academic year.

If the fellow is not enrolled in an institutionally approved academic study and/or research activity during the summer months, financial support will not be provided. There are no dependency allowances. Persons with disabilities may be considered for additional allowances to offset special educational expenses.

The NDSEG Fellowship Program will also pay for the medical insurance coverage offered through the institution, up to a total value of $1,500 per year (this excludes dental and vision insurance). Any excess insurance costs will be the responsibility of the fellow.

A complete application consists of the following:

Application Form.

Personal Statement: (1 PAGE)
What are your short and long-term professional goals?
How did these goals develop?
How have you already begun to lay the foundation for these goals?
How does this fellowship fit into these goals?
Proposed Research Relevant to DoD: (3-PAGES)
Please submit a proposal relevant to the DoD Agency (AIRFORCE, ARMY, ONR)/field that interests you. The reader should be convinced that your project will make an important contribution to the Agency and be a persuasive argument for why your project/proposed training deserves to be funded.
  • Official undergraduate transcripts
  • 3 References
  • Graduate Record Exam Score (GRE) general test only.

Interested? Have Questions?

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in a fellowship or opportunity, please fill out a preliminary questionnaire. Contact the office with any questions: