2016 Online Application Now Open Here
Applications Close December 9 and the last day for references is December 16.
Expanded Partnership with NIST
Thanks to new funding from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, NPSC will be able to roughly double the number of fellowships supported by NIST. Given that NIST has one of the broadest STEM portfolios of any agency or laboratory, this should mean that almost any student interested in a STEM PhD can find a relevant program at NIST. See Partners.
Some Recent NPSC PhD Alumni*
NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.
NPSC's member universities do not require fellows to pay tuition. Most government agency fellowships must cover all or part of a fellow's tuition. Partly as a result, the total cost of an NPSC fellowship to an NPSC partner is roughly half what it costs a government agency to provide its own fellowships.
The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique:
- open to all American citizens
- providing an annual $20,000 expense allowance, bringing total funding to as much as $120,000
- lasting for up to six years
- covering full tuition and required fees
- allowing a research or teaching assistantship
- including one or two paid summer internships with a government agency
- providing a mentor
- establishing a lasting relationship with the sponsor.
By helping to provide a continuous source of scientists who are U. S. citizens, employers and universities can achieve diversity and balance in our nation's scientific community. In turn, NPSC can help today's promising young scientists — tomorrow's science leaders — to realize their dreams.
The NPSC fellowship application is easy to complete, requiring the same information as other national fellowships. The online application opens approximately August 15 (keep checking this site) and closes December 5.
If you have interned, have been employed, or are employed by a government agency or laboratory, ask your mentor or research supervisor to nominate you directly for an NPSC fellowship. Be aware though that in this case your nominator would have to be able to cover the fellowship stipend. Contact NPSC for details.
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