Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

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Anticipated deadline: Dec 1, 2020

Grant amount: US $54,000 - US $162,000

Fields of work: Diversity & Inclusion STEM Education

Applicant type: Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

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Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity

Formerly known as the National Physical Science Consortium, Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. GFSD is open for application by all U.S. citizens regardless of race or gender. GFSD's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool. As shown in the chart below and on the Diversity page, the GFSD applicant pool is the most diverse of any national STEM fellowship program. And applicants are talented: the average GPA of 2019 applicants was 3.7 and 19% had a GPA of 4.0 or above. GFSD seeks additional government agencies and corporations to support fellowships for these deserving students, a vital national resource.

Fields of Study

Though the fields supported can vary annually depending on employer needs, in general GFSD covers the following: Astronomy, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Materials Science, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and their subdisciplines, and related engineering fields: Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • GFSD welcomes applications from any qualified U.S. citizen who has the ability to pursue graduate work at an GFSD univresity associate.
  • Applicants at any stage of their graduate program may apply, as long as they will be available to accept two summers of paid internship. 
  • Employers may nominate GFSD fellows directly, obviating the selection process. These fellows may enroll for either a Master's or a PhD degree.


  • Those who already possess a doctoral degree are ineligible.