Graduate Education for Minorities (GEM) Fellowship Program

Provides funding for underrepresented students looking to pursue Master’s and Doctoral degrees in applied science and engineering.

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation’s human capital by increasing the participation of African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans at the master’s and doctoral levels in applied science and engineering.GEM provides the following fellowships:

  • MS Engineering: The program provides practical summer work experiences and a portable academic year fellowship of tuition, fees, and an $8,000 annual stipend which may be used at a GEM Member University where the fellow is admitted.
  • PhD Engineering or PhD Science: The program provides $16,000 stipend in the first academic year of the GEM Fellowship. Thereafter, fellows receive a living stipend, full tuition and fees at a GEM University up to the 5th year of PhD program.

Deadline Information

Application Open: Thursday, July 1, 2021

Application Deadline: Saturday, November 13, 2021


Applicants must directly apply to a minimum of three GEM Member Universities STEM graduate departments, listed here. The deadline to apply to GEM Member Universities is January 15 or the relevant STEM graduate department deadline, whichever is earlier. Applicants must be admitted into a GEM Member University graduate program with confirmed department funding support before the GEM Fellowship is awarded.

Eligibility Requirements

  • A U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application.
  • A member of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering: American Indian/Native, African American/Black, Hispanic American/Latino.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.8 (MS applicants) or 3.0 (PhD applicants).
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE.

Application Process

Prospective applicants should register and submit material's through GEM Consortium Online Portal.