National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

 Eligibility - Academic Status

There are four eligibility requirements: citizenshipdiscipline, academic status, and the ability to accept the full benefit. You must meet all four requirements in order to be eligible.

Students are considered eligible if...

  • They are completing their senior year of undergraduate study before fall 2017.
  • They have an undergraduate degree and have never enrolled in a graduate program.
  • They are in their first year of their overall graduate studies.
  • They are in the second year of their overall graduate studies.
  • They are starting their third year of overall graduate studies in the fall of 2016.
  • They are considered a part-time graduate student and have fewer than 30 semester hours (or 45 credit hours) completed before the fall 2016 semester.

Students are not considered eligible if...

  • They have completed more than two years of full-time graduate study overall.
  • They are a third-year graduate student who spent one year entirely on class work and not research.
  • They have a Ph.D. in a science or engineering field related to the supported disciplines.
  • They have obtained or are currently pursuing a medical degree.

I am not currently enrolled in school. Am I still eligible?

As long as you meet the other eligibility criteria (citizenshipdiscipline and the ability to accept the full benefit) you are still considered eligible for the program.

I am not sure what my academic status is because I changed my field of study transferred institutions, or switched academic advisors. Am I still eligible?

You are strongly encouraged to apply, although depending on your specific circumstance you may or may not be eligible. If you meet one of the above criteria, the "Academic Status Explanation" section will likely appear on your application. If it appears, explain your current status in that section as specified in the Application Instructions.

Your response will be used to determine whether you are considered at the early stages of your graduate studies in a discipline supported by the fellowship. Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed.

I have a specific question regarding my academic status that wasn't addressed on this page. How can I find out if I'm still eligible?

Please feel free to e-mail us directly at ndseg@asee.org. Be sure to provide us with as much information as possible so we can answer your question in a timely manner.