The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education whose goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool including women and minorities.
Each year, NPSC awards a number of graduate fellowships for up to six years of graduate study in major research universities in the U.S. Host universities waive tuition and other educational fees for fellows, and NPSC provides stipends of $20,000 per year of support.
NPSC welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an NPSC member institution—most major research universities in the U.S. are members. Applicants may be graduating seniors, first- or second-year graduate students, in the final year of a terminal master’s program, or returning from the workforce for graduate study.
Supported fields of study may vary each year according to employer considerations, in general NPSC Fellowships support students in the following fields: astronomy, chemical engineering, chemistry, computer sciences, environmental engineering, geology, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics.
Selection is based on a number of factors, including academic record, research experience, letters of recommendation, GRE test scores, and career trajectory.