National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of United States citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering (S&E) disciplines of military importance. The goal of the program is to propel talented individuals to the forefront of discoveries and innovations relevant to the Department of Defense (DoD); promote the growth of scientists/engineers within relevant DoD research disciplines; and support DoD science, engineering, and technology Innovations. This program is designed to encourage Baccalaureate recipients to enter Graduate school and ultimately gain Doctorates which align to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development.

Note:  NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation. 

Application Materials

  • Personal info/application form
  • Personal Statement
    • 500 words
  • Transcript(s)
  • Research Proposal
    • 3 pages
    • 1 page max cited work
    • Graphics and charts may be included
    • 11 point times new roman font
    • 1 inch margins

What they’re looking for

  • Pursuing a degree in one of the following:

    • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
    • Astrodynamics 
    • Biomedical Engineering
    • Biosciences
    • Chemical Engineering
    • Chemistry
    • Civil Engineering
    • Geosciences
    • Materials Science
    • Mathematics
    • Mechanical Engineering 
    • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
    • Oceanography
    • Physics
    • Space Physics

Applicants compete for Fellowship opportunities listed under the DoD Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research development. Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, one of the NDSEG supported disciplines. 

Academic Level
Field(s) of Study
Social Sciences
Application Deadline
Nomination Required
Citizen Status
U.S. Citizen