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Administered through the U.S. Department of Defense, The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship awards three-year graduate fellowships (subject to the availability of funds) to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.  The program pays the fellow’s full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board) as well as a monthly stipend and the minimum required health insurance coverage offered through the institution.


Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen or national.  Persons who hold permanent resident status are not eligible.  Proof of citizenship will be required upon formal offer.
  • Pursuing doctoral studies in science or engineering.
  • Enrolled in the final year of undergraduate study or have completed no more than the equivalent of two years of academic full-time graduate study.
  • Although the NDSEG Fellowship is a highly competitive program, there is no minimum GPA requirement.


General Information

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation’s scientists and engineers.  Toward that end, the DoD annually supports approximately 8,000 graduate students in fields important to the national defense needs.

The DoD’s support is evidenced in a number of ways.  First and foremost, the DoD funds thousands of graduate students, who are members of research teams, through contracts and grants.  Selected by research faculty, the students engage in fundamental studies under the leadership of a senior researcher while earning advanced degrees.  These students are generally wholly supported by their DoD grant or contract.

Another important mechanism for DoD support of graduate students is through portable fellowships awarded to U.S. citizens or nationals following competition each year.  These fellowships allow the recipients to pursue their graduate studies at whichever U.S. institution they choose to attend.  One of these is the NDSEG Fellowship, which is highly competitive and confers high honors upon its recipients.  The DoD has awarded approximately 3,200 NDSEG fellowships since the program’s inception.  It is important to note that the NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation.

NDSEG Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following discipline:

  • 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


Deadline Dates

December 20, 2014 Completed application and required documentation must be submitted to the NDSEG by this date.

April 2015 Award notifications sent via e-mail.


Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the NDSEG Website. UM applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships at least one month before the national deadline to ensure adequate time is available to review your application. An advisor or faculty mentor will help ensure that you are submitting the best most complete impression of you.