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National Physical Science Consortium

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The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is a unique coalition of leading universities, national laboratories, governmental agencies, and private corporations dedicated to increasing the pool of Ph.D.s in the physical sciences. The pool will provide industry and higher education with the diversity and balance necessary for the future of scientific research in America. This will be accomplished by providing scholarly pursuits and career paths for women and other underrepresented groups through a six-year doctoral fellowship program.

The NSPC Fellowship Program has the lowest dropout rate in this national consortium with a retention rate of 96%.

You are eligible if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident ;
  • Are African, Hispanic, or Native American, Pacific Islander and/or female ;
  • Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0/4.0 scale ;
  • Are pursuing graduate study at a participating NPSC member university; and,
  • Are prepared to work for a NPSC employer for the summer preceding and following the first year of graduate school.

You are not eligible if you:

  • Are currently enrolled in either a master's or Ph.D. program; or,
  • Are a non-U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

How much is the award?
NSPC fellows receive tuition, fees and a nine-month stipend (years one to four are at $12,000/year and years five and six at $15,000/year) for each graduate year, plus additional money you earn through the summer employment program.