Given the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) situation, the Department of Defense would like to support all NDSEG Fellows in taking the necessary precautions.

Fellows Institutions: Fellows should follow their institution’s policies. Please inform Systems Plus of your institution’s policy through the end of the academic year. Identify impacts, if any, to your coursework and/or research, and send in an email to for review.

Fellow Travel: The latest DoD travel guidance can be found at As long as the Fellow is traveling from a Green location to another Green location, it will be allowable as long as the Fellow is experiencing no COVID-19 symptoms. Submit travel requests to as normal if you meet the requirements (Green <-> Green, COVID-19 symptom-free).

The FY2021 NDSEG application period will open on 3 August 2020, and will close on 4 December 2020. Please wait until the application period has begun to attempt to create an account.

The DoD NDSEG Fellowship Program, established in 1989 by direction of Congress and sponsored by the Army, Navy, and Air Force, serves as a means of increasing the number of United States citizens trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. This program is designed to encourage Baccalaureate recipients to enter Graduate school and ultimately gain Doctorates which align to the DoD services Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development.

Since program inception, over 4,000 fellowships have been awarded and over 60,000 applications received. DoD plans to award new three-year graduate fellowships each fiscal year (subject to the availability of funds) to individuals who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.

We encourage you to explore our site and learn more about this exciting opportunity.

Program Objectives

  • Increase the number of U.S. citizens or nationals trained in disciplines of science and engineering of military importance

  • Develop continuing relationships with recipients and the sponsoring military services; each service is responsible for mentoring and interacting with its selected awardees

  • Attract science and engineering baccalaureate graduates to pursue doctorates in DoD mission related research areas from U.S. institutions