Virginia Space Grant Consortium Fellowships

The NDSEG Fellowship program is sponsored by the Department of Defense with the goal of providing the United States with talented, doctorally trained American men and women who will lead state of the art research projects in disciplines having the greatest payoff to national defense requirements. It is a highly competitive, portable fellowship awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines. Fellowships last 3 years and pay a monthly stipend for 12 months of each year (yearly amounts equal $30,500 in Year 1; $31,000 in Year 2; and $31,500 in Year 3), along with full tuition and mandatory fees and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.

Deadline: The deadline for applications for fellowships is ongoing. Please visit the AFRL Scholars Program website  for the most up-to-date information on this Fellowship program.

Study in the following disciplines is supported by this fellowship:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Note: the DoD is also interested in supporting the education of future scientists and engineers in a number of interdisciplinary areas; applicants who are interested in interdisciplinary areas should apply under one of the above disciplines and indicate their specific areas of interest in their application materials; see website for more details

Eligibility: Students who apply for these fellowships must fit the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizen or national (a U.S. national is someone who is a native resident of a possession of the United States, such as American Samoa); proof of citizenship/nationality will be required upon formal offer
  • Studying in a discipline supported by the fellowship program (see above)
  • Be at or near the beginning of doctoral studies in their field: students 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
  • Students must intend to pursue a doctoral degree in the discipline in which they apply and must have begun a doctoral program by fall of the year in which their fellowship is awarded (i.e. if you receive a fellowship award in Spring 2014, you must be enrolled in a doctoral program as of Fall 2014)
  • Fellows must be enrolled full-time and pursuing graduate study at a U.S. institution
  • Fellows may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another major fellowship
  • Fellows must be eligible to accept both the tuition benefit and the full stipend amount of this fellowship


Please visit the website of the NDSEG for further information, including the Air Force Research Laboratory website.

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