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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 the supported STEM 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 (excluding dental and vision insurance).

Who Should Apply?

Undergraduate seniors and first or second year graduate students with significant research experience who are pursuing doctoral degrees in a STEM discipline.

To be eligible, you must:

  • be a US citizen or national
  • major in one of the supported STEM disciplines
  • be enrolled in your final year of undergraduate studies, or have completed fewer than two full-time years of graduate studies
  • be enrolled full-time in a doctoral program at a U.S. institution (graduate recipients)
  • start a doctoral program in the fall of the fellowship year (undergraduate recipients)

How to Apply

There is no campus endorsement or application process for NDSEG, but Drexel applicants are encouraged to seek support on their application from fellowships advisors. Contact UREP at for support.

More Information

For official information on NDSEG (which supersedes any information provided here) and access to the online application, please visit the NDSEG website.

Related Awards:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP); Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship; DOD SMARTDOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program

Last updated: October 2023


  • November 3, 2023 

Fields of Study:

  • Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics; Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences

Program Type:

  • Graduate Fellowship
  • Study

Program Length:

  • Multi-year

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • United States


  • US Citizen/National
  • US Permanent Resident