In 2007 I was selected to receive a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG
) Fellowship. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored and funded by the Department of Defense (DoD
), which supports graduate students through portable fellowships awarded to U.S. citizens or nationals
following a competition each year. These fellowships allow the
recipients to pursue their graduate studies at whichever U.S.
institution they choose to attend. The DoD has
awarded approximately 3,000 NDSEG fellowships since the program's
inception 20 years ago.
NDSEG selections are made by the Air Force Research Laboratory/Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFRL/AFOSR), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the DoD High Performance Computing Modernization Program Office (HPCMP
). My application was selected by the HPCMP from over 3,400 applications. The NDSEG Fellowship covers my tuition and required fees for three years at any accredited U.S. college or university that provides advanced degrees in science and engineering. It additionally provides a yearly stipend divided into twelve monthly payments. The first year's stipend is $30,500.00; the second year's stipend is $31,000.00; and the third year's stipend is $31,500.00. The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE
) administers the NDSEG Fellowship.