NDSEG
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Other Frequently Asked Questions

What discipline is the DoD most interested in?

The sponsors of the NDSEG Fellowship Program have interest in a broad range of disciplines, as well as specialties that combine multiple aspects or lie at the borders of the listed disciplines. You can see what areas the DoD is currently soliciting research proposals in by checking the websites of the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program.

How are NDSEG Fellows selected?

An evaluation panel in each discipline reviews all complete and eligible applications. The applications that are top-ranked by the evaluation panel are then forwarded on to the Department of Defense. The DoD then selects applicants to receive awards based on an assessment of the applicants’ academic ability in fields of interest to the DoD. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. Fellows are selected by these four sponsoring organizations.

If I am awarded, can I defer?

The NDSEG Fellowship can be deferred only under exceptional circumstances and with approval of the DoD; if you are accepted, you must start in the fall of that year. You will not be able to defer the NDSEG Fellowship if you were awarded another fellowship you wish to use instead.

Situations in which the tenure may be extended with prior approval of the DoD are:

  • The fellow is invited to do research at a DoD laboratory or test center for one or more summer periods.
  • The fellow's graduate institution does not offer an appropriate program during the summer months.
  • The fellow is granted a deferral due to another extenuating circumstance. 

Do I have to serve in the military or work for the DoD afterwards?

No, NDSEG Fellows do not incur any military or other service obligation.

Is there any preference given to minorities?

Applications are encouraged from women, persons with disabilities, and members of ethnic and racial minority groups (including African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino persons) that historically have been underrepresented in science and engineering fields. However, all applicants are judged solely on the basis of academic ability in fields of interest to the DoD.