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National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowshiop

Scholarship Provider: Department of Defense
Application Deadline: 12/20/2013
Description: 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 $1,000 a year in medical insurance.

The Department of Defense (DoD) is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers, and towards this end, has awarded approximately 3,200 NDSEG fellowships since the program's inception 22 years ago. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCM), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), under the direction of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E).

NDSEG Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering. Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their bachelor's degrees by Fall 2014.

ASEE and the DoD use academic status guidelines to ensure that students at or near the beginning of their graduate studies receive fellowships. To be eligible, applicants must either:

*Be enrolled in their final year of undergraduate studies, or
*Have completed less than two full-time years of graduate study in the discipline in which they are applying.

Exceptional circumstances may qualify other applicants as being at an early stage of their graduate studies, therefore making the applicant eligible for consideration.

Supported Disciplines:

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of the following disciplines:

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
Computer and Computational Sciences
Electrical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering

The DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas. Applicants interested in interdisciplinary areas should apply under one of the disciplines listed above and indicate their specific areas of interest in the "Summary of Goals" statement in the application. Applicants who are unsure which discipline to pick should apply under the discipline that most closely matches the course of study they will pursue in graduate school. Applicants should consult their academic or research advisor if they are still not sure which discipline is appropriate for their course of study.
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School Type Requirement: Four Year College
Applicant Class Requirement: Senior or Entering Graduate Student or Current Graduate Student
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Awards Given: 101+
Length of Award: More Than One Year
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Other Comments: The DoD will pay the fellow's full tuition and required fees (not to include room and board). In addition, fellows receive a stipend for 12-month tenures. The stipend levels for each of the 12-month tenures are as follows:

Period First Year Second Year Third Year
Amount $30,500 $ 31,000         $ 31,500

The above amounts are prorated monthly based on a 12-month academic year. If the fellow is not enrolled in an institutionally approved academic study and/or research activity during the summer months, financial support will not be provided. There are no dependency allowances. Persons with disabilities may be considered for additional allowances to offset special educational expenses.

The NDSEG Fellowship Program will also pay for the medical insurance coverage offered through the institution, up to a total value of $1,000 per year. Any excess insurance costs will be the responsibility of the fellow.

The tenure of an NDSEG Fellowship is 36 consecutive months starting in September of the year the fellow is awarded.

In certain situations and with prior approval of the DoD, the tenure may be extended. These situations include:

1. The fellow is invited to do research at a DoD laboratory or test center for one or more summer periods.

2. The fellow's graduate institution does not offer an appropriate program during the summer months.

3. The fellow is granted a deferral due to another extenuating circumstance.

The availability of funds for the second and third years of each three-year award is contingent upon certification to ASEE* by the fellow's advisor and institution that the fellow has made satisfactory academic progress toward an doctoral degree in one of the supported science or engineering disciplines.

*This scholarship is administered by the American Society for Engineering Education.

Scholarship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: The NDSEG Program Team at ASEE
1818 N Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 649-3831
Fax: (202) 265-8504
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