Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD)

Formerly known as the National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC), was founded in 1989 “To increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in STEM fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.” Graduate Fellowships for STEM Diversity (GFSD) is a partnership between federal agencies & laboratories, industry, and higher education institutions. GFSD has a strong partnership with the University of Southern California. GFSD is a registered US nonprofit (501c3). We are only able to support our fellows through partnerships and generous donation of our sponsors.

What do we provide to fellows?

Graduate Stipend

All GFSD Fellows receive $20,000 in funding to go toward their graduate stipend. Fellowships are renewable annually in discussion with partner agencies and fellowships are typically offered to 3-6 years. (subjected to change)

Paid internship

All GFSD fellow are given an opportunity to participate in paid summer internships at federal agencies or companies. Some agencies require fellows to intern multiple years. Some agencies require security clearance. (Please email gfsd@stemfellowships.org if you have any questions.)

Support & community

GFSD team is here to help you at any time if you need support in your graduate education or in your internships. We also have a strong network of current and past fellows who would love to support you.

What do we offer to our partners?

  • Diverse pool of talented graduate students & future talents
  • Ability to customize the fellowship program 
  • Cost effective way to invest in future workforce development

    If you are interested in partnering with us, please email gfsd@stemfellowships.org.

Our Success


of all fellows are female. We serve more female graduate students than other agencies.


of our fellows are from under represented groups.


fellows have been supported by GFSD so far. Looking forward to supporting more!

Are you interested in applying?

Are you a graduate students in science or engineering? Are you planning on applying to graduate school in the near future?

Learn more about the fellowship program and application process.

* All application materials are due December 29, 2023.

About Us

GFSD helps talented and diverse scientists and engineers achieve their graduate education by providing fellowships and internships.


USC – 837 Downey Way
STO – Suite 113
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Phone: (800) 854-6772 or (213) 821-2409
Fax: (213) 821-6329

email: gfsd@stemfellowships.org