National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship

Evaluation and Selection

An evaluation panel in each discipline reviews all complete and eligible applications. Each application is evaluated by a panel whose expertise is in the science or engineering discipline of the applicant's proposed doctoral degree program.

The evaluation of applicants is based on review of their entire online application, including academic records, personal statements, recommendations, and GRE scores. The top applications that are ranked by the evaluation panel are then forwarded on to the Department of Defense.

The DoD then selects applicants to receive NDSEG Fellowships based on an assessment of the applicants’ academic ability in fields of interest to the DoD. Selection of awardees is made by the Army Research Office, Office of Naval Research, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program. Each agency directly monitors the awards conferred to fellows in discipline areas closely related to its mission.

Official award notification is sent via email by the start of April 2017. Award winners are expected to accept or reject the offer within two weeks of official notification. On average, 10% of reviewed applicants are selected to receive awards each year.

Anthony Giordano

Anthony Giordano, NDSEG Fellow

“The NDSEG fellowship is far more than simply another high honor that is listed on a resume. The respect associated with this achievement and the financial support of its outside funding has provided me with the freedom to pursue ideas and areas of research that are exceptionally interesting to me.”