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DOD Graduate Fellowships

Provides support for students pursuing a graduate degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest.


As a means of increasing the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance, the Department of Defense (DoD) will award graduate fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.  National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a graduate degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines: Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering; Biosciences; Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Civil Engineering; Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences; Computer and Computational Sciences; and Electrical Engineering. 


SEE ALSO:  Goldwater Scholarship, NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, DHS Graduate Fellowship, Hertz Fellowship

Selection Criteria

NDSEG Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of academic and overall ability in the areas of interest to the DoD.  The evaluation of applicants is based on review of their academic records, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores.


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or nationals;

  • Be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies or have completed no more than the equivalent of one year of academic full-time graduate study as a part-time or full-time student;

  • Pursue a graduate degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest at a U.S. institution.


The DoD will pay the fellow’s full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board).  In addition, fellows receive an annual stipend.  The first year stipend amount is $30,500; the second year stipend amount is $31,000; and the third year stipend amount is $31,500.


NDSEG Fellowships provide financial support for three years.

For more information:

DOD Graduate Fellowships



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)