Department of Defense (DoD) - National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship
Deadline: Anticipated 11/2021 ( Previous deadline 11/2/2020 )
The Department of Defense (DoD) offers the NDSEG fellowship as a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. This is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one or more of sixteen supported disciplines. Fellowships provide three years of funding, and recipients do not incur any military or other service obligations. Beginning with the 2020 competition, applicants must propose a DoD agency to sponsor their project. Research proposals must also respond to a specific BAA published by one such agency. Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) are used by government agencies to solicit proposals focused on advancing basic science rather than a specific technology or product. For the purposes of applying for the NDSEG Fellowship, students should carefully review the research interests described in the active BAAs.
NDSEG fellowships are awarded to applicants pursuing a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following supported disciplines:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Biosciences (includes toxicology)
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences
- Electrical Engineering
- Geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air)
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (includes undersea systems)
- Oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology)
- Physics (including optics)
- Space Physics
- Be a US citizen or national at the time of receiving the award. The term "national" refers to native residents of US territories such as Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, US Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Permanent residents are not eligible.
- Applicants must be at some point between their final year of undergraduate studies and the second year of a traditional PhD program. Specifically, students at the following stages are eligible:
- Undergraduate students who will receive their bachelors degree before the fellowship start date.
- Recent bachelor's degree recipients who are not yet in graduate school.
- Graduate students in the first or second year of a doctoral program (students in MD/PhD programs are eligible).
- Recent master's degree recipients.
- $38,400 annual stipend.
- $5,000 travel budget.
- Full tuition and required fees.
- Medical insurance coverage up to $1,500 per year.
Recent University of Illinois Awardees!
- 2020: Rachel Birchmier (Physics), Andrew Conrad (Electrical Engineering), and Katherine Stawiasz (Chemistry).
- 2019: Nicholas Angello (Chemistry) and Victor Gonzalez (Computer Science).
- 2017: Joseph Chapman (Physics), Branden Kirchner (Aeronautical Engineering), and Corey Richards (Materials Science & Engineering).
- 2016: Daniel Bregante (Chemical Engineering), Megan Brooks (Materials Science & Engineering), Kristina Meier (Physics), and Sierra Young (Civil Engineering).
- 2015: Ahmed El-Kishky (Computer Science), Anthony Griffin (Materials Science & Engineering), Robyn Macdonald (Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering), Halie Rando (Biosciences), and Curtis Wang (Electrical Engineering).
- 2014: James Christensen (Chemistry), Joseph DeGol (Computer Science), Alexander Hill (Physics), Landon Marston (Civil Engineering), Eric Mayhew (Mechanical Engineering), and Ian Robertson (Chemistry).
- 2013: Nicole Bohannon (Electrical Engineering), Thu Doan (Materials Science & Engineering), and Sarah Mousley (Mathematics).
- 2012: Neil Krueger (Materials Science & Engineering), Mark Messner (Civil Engineering), and Forrest Iandola (Computer Science).
NDSEG Fellowship Program Office
One Research Court, Suite 360
Rockville, MD 20850
Tel: (301) 948-4232
Categories: Annual stipend of at least $10,000; Sciences/Engineering/Math; US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents; Early Years of Doctoral Program; Fellowship/Grant; Unrestricted
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