SPONSORING AGENCY: National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)

PURPOSE: The National Physical Science Consortium's principal objective is to aid increasing the number of Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities. Applicants must attend a NPSC member university or College. (NC State is a member institution.)


NPSC offers two programs:

  1. Traditional Fellowship. Initial support may be for two or three years, or for a full six years, depending on the employer-sponsor. Students typically apply while seniors in college.
  2. Dissertation Support Program. This program provides support while the graduate student conducts dissertation research. Students should apply in the year prior to the beginning of their dissertation research program, but not before they can describe their intended research in general terms.


  • Astronomy
    Computer Science
    Materials Science
    Mathematical Sciences
    Subdisciplines of the above and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical

ELIGIBILITY: NPSC attempts to recruit a broad pool of applicants with special emphasis on underrepresented minorities and women. Applicants should be in one of the following categories:

For the Traditional Program:

  1. Be in your senior year, or
  2. Be in your first or second year of a graduate program, or
  3. Be in a terminal master's program (your university offers no Ph.D. in your discipline), or
  4. Be returning from the workforce.

For the Dissertation Support Program, be near the point at which your research will begin.

Persons who already possess a doctoral degree in any field are ineligible.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 30 annually