The DOD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship supports graduate study at any accredited U.S. university. Awards are stated to support graduate students in fields important to national defense needs. This requirement is defined broadly and most prospective graduate students in the sciences and engineering are eligible to apply.
Supported Fields of Study
  • Aeronautical and astronautical engineering, biosciences, chemistry and chemical engineering, cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences, computer sciences, electrical engineering,
  • Geosciences, manufacturing and industrial engineering, materials science and engineering,
  • Mathematics, mechanical engineering, naval architecture and ocean engineering, oceanography and physics.

Awards are highly competitive: Over 10,000 applications are received each year.

Applications are encouraged from minority students, women, and those with disabilities. Ten percent of these awards are set-aside for applicants from underrepresented minority groups.

  • Applicants must be graduating seniors or graduate students at or near the beginning of their graduate study for a Ph.D. in science or engineering.
  • Ninety-seven percent of fellowships are awarded to students who are graduating seniors or in their first year of graduate study.
  • Applicants must be citizens or national of the United States. Permanent residents are not eligible.
Amount and Duration

Fellowships are awarded for a maximum period of three years of graduate study. The actual number of awards varies from year to year depending upon the available funding The first year stipend is approximately $30,500 based on a 12-month academic year. In addition tuition and academic fees will be paid. Based on academic merit, the award can be renewed for two more years of support.


Late March (announcement of awards)

For more information, visit the DOD National Science and Engineering website.


Contact Name

Lisa Grimes

Student Fellowships Coordinator

Office Location
Bristol Center

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