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National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

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 up to $1,200 a year in medical insurance (this excludes dental and vision insurance).


  • Open to applicants who are US citizens or nationals at the time of award
  • Applicants' field of study must fit under one of the fifteen supported disciplines
  • Applicants must be doctoral students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies
  • Applicants must either be enrolled in their final year of UG studies, or have completed fewer than 2 full-time years of graduate studies
  • Recipients must be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution
  • Undergraduate recipients must start in the fall of the fellowship year
For more information, visit the NDSEG website

Related Awards:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP); Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship; DOD Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART)DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Last updated: July 2017

Fields of Study:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
  • Social Sciences and Humanities


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Three Years


  • December 

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate