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The Faces of NPSC


NPSC ONLINE APPLICATION OPEN HERE. APPLICATIONS CLOSE DEC. 6, 2019


The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. NPSC is open for application by citizens regardless of race or gender.


NPSC Offers

Diversity

The gender and ethnic diversity of NPSC fellows are the equal of any national STEM fellowship program. See here.

Talent

The average GPA of the 277 NPSC applicants in the fall of 2018 was 3.8. Of those, 17% had a GPA of 4.0. Applicants came from major research universities, liberal arts colleges, HBCU's, state universities, and more.

Cost Effectiveness

An NPSC fellowship costs a government agency or corporation typically less than half what it would cost them to fund their own fellowships. The annual allowance per NPSC fellow is $20,000, and the NPSC fee is $7,000, for a total annual cost of $27,000. For comparison, the annual cost of an NDSEG fellowship is approximately $82,000.

Benefits

Corporations

Corporations recognize the importance of joining together with academia to increase the overall number of U.S.-citizens with STEM doctorates, especially women and under-represented minorities. NPSC allows corporations access to greater gender and ethnic diversity than any national STEM fellowship program. See here.

The summer internships allow our partners to come to know the future PhD's whom they may wish someday to hire.

Government

NPSC offers its government partners access to the most diverse pool of STEM pre-doctaral students in the nation. They are also among the most talented: the average GPA of the 277 NPSC applicants in the fall of 2018 was 3.8. Of those, 17% had a GPA of 4.0. Applicants came from major research universities, liberal arts colleges, HBCU's, state universities, and more. Moreover, NPSC costs an agency or lab half or less the cost of mounting their own fellowships..

Students

The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique:

  • open to all American citizens
  • lasts for up to 6 years
  • provides an annual $20,000 expense allowance
  • total funding up to $120,000
  • covers full tuition and required fees
  • portable to 125 research universities
  • allows a research or teaching assistantship
  • paid summer internships with the sponsor
  • provides a mentor from the sponsoring agency
  • establishes a lasting relationship with the sponsor

Universities

NPSC provides universities with carefully selected, talented, and diverse predoctoral STEM students. They bring a $20,000 allowance provided by government or industry. In addition, for a small fee, NPSC will make its applicant database available to universities. Some 125 research universities are members of NPSC. We welcome others.