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The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) is an organization of leading universities, national laboratories and corporations that aims to increase the number of qualified U.S. citizen Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields. It emphasizes recruitment of a diverse applicant pool of women and historically underrepresented minorities.

NPSC offers a unique six-year doctoral fellowship program in astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, materials sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and their subdisciplines. The consortium is dedicated to increasing the existing pool of Ph.D. s to provide industry and higher education with the diversity and balance for the future of scientific research in America.

About the Program
As a corporate member of the consortium, NSA sponsors students pursuing doctorate degrees in mathematics, engineering, computer science, and physics. In addition to providing financial support through membership dues, NSA also provides technical mentoring and at least two summers of employment to each sponsored student.

Application Deadline
Applications are accepted from September 1st - November 30th each year.

Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.

Benefits during 12 week internship

  • Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD, are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance.
  • Must be pursuing a graduate or Ph.D. in mathematics, engineering, computer science or physics
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) is preferred
  • A minimum 3.5 GPA in math courses is preferred

How to Apply:  Visit or contact:
The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)
c/o New Mexico State University
Post Office Box 3001
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003-8801

E-mail: ; Phone: 800-952-4118; Fax: 505-646-6097

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Feb 27, 2014 | Last Reviewed: Feb 27, 2014