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National Physical Science Consortium (NPS) Fellowship

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Website

Program Purpose

The National Physical Science Consortium offers a unique graduate fellowship in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. Its emphasis is recruitment of historically underrepresented minorities and women.

Program Description

The NPS Fellowship covers the first 2-3 years of graduate school, with a possible maximum of 6 years, depending on the employer sponsoring the fellowship. Employers include: Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the National Security Agency, National Security Technologies, and Sandia National Laboratories.

Supported Fields and Tenable Institutions

Supported fields vary annually, depending on employer needs, but generally include: astronomy, chemistry, chemical engineering, computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, mathematical sciences, mechanical engineering, and physics, as well as their subdisciplines. The NPS Fellowship is tenable at 100 PhD-granting universities; see http://www.npsc.org/universities/institutions.html.


The Fellowship includes tuition, an annual $16,000 stipend, and for at least 2 years paid summer employment with a leading national employer. Including the allowance, tuition, fees, and salary for two summers of internship, the value of an NPSC fellowship to the student exceeds $200,000. Students entering with an undergraduate degree may be funded for up to six years. Students entering with a master's degree or entering the NPSC program during their third year of graduate school may be funded for up to four years.

Applicant Profile

Successful candidates demonstrate, through academic excellence and research experience, likelihood of earning a PhD with distinction. Historically underrepresented minorities and women are invited to apply.

Application Process

The NPSC application is for its fellowship only. Concurrent application to graduate programs is the student's responsibility.


Graduating seniors, master's students where the university does not offer a PhD in the student's discipline, persons "returning from the workforce with no more than a master's degree," first year doctoral students.


U.S. citizens only.


Usually early November.

How To Apply



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