STEM Scholarships

Department of Defense scholarships provide cash awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to those pursuing a doctoral degree in one of 15 supported STEM disciplines of interest to the DoD.

The DoD is committed to increasing the number and quality of our nation's scientists and engineers, and towards this end, has awarded nearly 3,400 NDSEG fellowships since the program's inception in 1989. The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR), under the direction of the Director of Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E).

NDSEG Fellowship Benefits

  • NDSEG Fellowships last for three years
  • Pays full tuition and all mandatory fees
  • Monthly stipend
  • Up to 1,000 a year in medical insurance (excludes dental and vision)


All awardees must meet all four requirements:

  • Citizens or Nationals of the United States
  • Field of study must fit under one of the fifteen supported disciplines
  • At or near the beginning of their doctoral studies in science or engineering
  • The NDSEG Fellowship in non-deferrable, non simultaneous remuneration, and fellows must be eligible to accept both the tuition benefit and the full stipend amount

Fellowships will be offered to students who meet all four requirements and demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering.



Phone: (202) 649-3831

Military Branch or Component: 
All Services

Science, Mathematics, and Research (SMART) Scholarship for Service

The SMART Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion.

SMART Scholars Benefits

  • Full tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking)
  • Stipend paid at a rate of $25,000 – $38,000 depending on degree pursuing (may be prorated depending on award length)
  • Summer research internships
  • Health Insurance allowance up to $1,200 per the calendar year
  • Miscellaneous Supplies Allowance of $1,000 per academic year
  • Mentoring
  • Employment placement after graduation


All awardees must be:

  • A citizen of the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, or United Kingdom at time of application
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2017
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of award
  • Pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed on the About SMART page

Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university and have a high school diploma/GED. Current high school students are not eligible to apply.

Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or awaiting notification of admission to such.

Students who are currently Freshman or enrolled in a First Year Associate’s Program applicants must report an ACT or SAT Reasoning Test Score. Subject tests are not required. In addition, individuals who apply during their Freshman/First Year must obtain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale during the fall academic term of their Freshman/First Year. Freshman/First Year Associate’s Program applicants will be required to submit an official transcript reflecting their fall academic term grades to establish compliance with this requirement.

Graduate applicants must have taken the GRE and test scores must be reportable by ETS. Subject tests are not required.



Phone: (202) 350-5715

Military Branch or Component: 
Air Force, Army, Navy