The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is highly competitive and is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients and those selected will possess demonstrated ability and special aptitude towards training in science and engineering and intend to pursue a doctoral degree in one of fifteen supported disciplines at a U.S. institution of their choosing.   Since its inception in 1989, NDSEG has awarded nearly 3,500 fellowships from over 58,000 applications.

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) plans to award fellowships in April 2018, subject to the availability of funds.

NDSEG Fellowships last for a period of up to four years (based on continued funding), and covers full tuition and mandatory fees.  Fellows also receive a monthly stipend, and up to $1,500 a year in medical insurance.  The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E))

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
  • Biosciences (includes toxicology)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air)
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (includes undersea systems)
  • Oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology)
  • Physics (including optics)



To learn more about the NDSEG program and to apply, visit:

For general program inquiries, contact:
NDSEG Help Desk
Email: ndsegf@sti-tec.com
Phone: (918) 583-9900