National Physical Science Consortium (NPS) Fellowship


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

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: 
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
Program Benefits: 
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.
Application Process: 
The NPSC application is for its fellowship only. Concurrent application to graduate programs is the student's responsibility.
Applicant Profile: 
Successful candidates demonstrate, through academic excellence and research experience, likelihood of earning a Ph.D. with distinction. Historically underrepresented minorities and women are invited to apply.
Graduating seniors, master's students where the university does not offer a Ph.D. 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.
Program Deadline: 
Usually early November.
How To Apply: 
Students or alumni, as applicable, may apply directly to this program. Applicants are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's fellowship advisor well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.