National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science - GEM Fellowship Programs

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Program Description: 

The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science awards full fellowships with paid internships to highly qualified underrepresented students who wish to pursue graduate studies in engineering or science. GEM provides three fellowship programs: The MS ENGINEERING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM provides practical engineering summer work experiences through an employer sponsor, a $10,000 stipend, and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, which may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the Fellow is admitted. Note: SFSU is not a GEM Member University. The PhD ENGINEERING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM offers doctoral fellowships to underrepresented minority students who have either completed or are currently enrolled in a master's in engineering program. Ph.D. Fellowships may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted. During the first academic year of doctoral study, GEM pays the cost of tuition. Thereafter, the GEM institution where the fellow is enrolled bears the total fellowship cost. For at least one summer, Fellows are provided a practical summer work experience through the Employer Member. The PhD ENGINEERING/SCIENCE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM aims to increase the number of minority students who pursue doctoral degrees in the natural science disciplines – chemistry, physics, earth sciences, mathematics, biological sciences, and computer science. Applicants to this program are accepted as early as their junior year, as well as candidates currently enrolled in a master's of engineering program and working professionals. PhD Fellowships offered through this program are portable and may be used at any participating GEM Member University where the GEM Fellow is admitted.

Supported Fields: 

Applicants' graduate discipline must be in a school of engineering, computer science, or arts and science. Disciplines include: aeronautical engineering, aerospace engineering , agricultural engineering, analytical chemistry, automotive engineering, biochemistry, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, environmental science, food science, geoscience, industrial engineering, information systems, inorganic chemistry, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, metallurgical engineering, nuclear engineering, oceanography, operations research, organic chemistry, petroleum engineering, physics, structural engineering, systems engineering.

Program Benefits: 

PhD Engineering/Science Fellows receive full tuition and fees at a GEM Member University, a $14,000 stipend in the first year of the PhD program, GEM Member University stipend for the following 2-5 years, and a minimum of one paid summer internship with a GEM Employer Member.

Applicant Profile: 

Preference to members of underrepresented groups: Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Latinos.


MS ENGINEERING PROGRAM – junior or senior from an engineering or computer science program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. PhD FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM – Senior, master's student, or graduate of an engineering or applied science program accredited by the ABET.


U.S. citizens only.

Program Deadline: 

Usually mid-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.

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Fellowships Office

Dr. Joy Viveros

Phone: 415.405.2128
Reception: Grad Stop, ADM 250 
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132