The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship program was established in 1989 by direction of congress as an approach to increasing the number of United States (U.S.) citizens receiving doctoral degrees in science and engineering (S&E) disciplines of military importance.
Applicants who are interested in furthering their education in the disciplines of military importance compete for Fellowship opportunities listed under DoD’s Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research development. The broad research area disciplines include, but are not limited to the following: aeronautical and astronautical engineering, Astrodynamics, biomedical engineering, biosciences (includes toxicology); chemical engineering; chemistry; civil engineering; cognitive, neural, and behavioral sciences; computer and computational sciences; electrical engineering; geosciences (includes terrain, water, and air); materials science and engineering; mathematics; mechanical engineering; naval architecture and ocean engineering (includes undersea systems); oceanography (includes ocean acoustics, remote sensing, and marine meteorology); physics (including optics) and space physics.
The highly competitive Fellowship Program has awarded nearly 4700 fellowships from over 70,000 applications to U.S. citizens and nationals since its inception in 1989. Selected Fellows can choose the
U.S. Institution to attend for pursuit of their doctoral degree.
The NDSEG Fellowship is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR), the Army Research Office (ARO), and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) under the direction of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering.
The NDSEG Program is an equal opportunity program open to all qualified U.S. citizens and U.S. nationals without regard to race, sex (including gender and transgender status), age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, registered domestic partner or civil union status, gender identity, medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.
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The Future of Space 2060 aims to inform Air Force Space Command, NASA, and other U.S. Government organizations on the future national security environment and the role that space will play in that environment. The Space Futures Workshop, convened in March of 2019, built upon the work of NATO’s Strategic Foresight Analysis with a specific focus on how political, economic, and technology trends could play out in the space domain. The goal of this work is to build an understanding of the range of possible future space scenarios to inform leaders of the technology investments, national strategies, intergovernmental plans, and partnerships with the commercial sector that must be created to ensure a positive future for the nation. This report is a first step in that direction.
A broad swath of subject matter experts from the Department of Defense, NASA, academia, and the commercial sector – both the traditional defense industry and the burgeoning cadre of “new space” entrepreneurs contributed to this work. Together, the participants sought not only to extrapolate current trends and how they might play out in space, but to anticipate potential inflection points and to chart multiple possible paths to the year 2060. By taking this long-term look into the future of the space domain, we’ve provided insights for critical decisions that leaders must make today.
The Future of Space 2060 does not attempt to predict the future. Rather, it explores the implications of possible developments in the space domain across three factors: commerce, human expansion, and national leadership. Within each of these factors, the global situation may evolve in ways that are positive and negative for U.S. national power and the national power of our allies. We sought to bracket these developments and to postulate their impact on larger issues of great power competition. It is certain that we didn’t get the future exactly right, but the scenarios that we developed are a strong framework for developing strategies and pursuing new capabilities to strengthen our national position in the future—no matter how it plays out.