GEM Fellowship

The mission of The National GEM Consortium is to enhance the value of the nation's human capital by increasing the participation of underrepresented groups (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) at the master's and doctoral levels in engineering and science.

Fellowship Information

GEM offers MS and Ph.D. level students an outstanding opportunity and access to dozens of the top Engineering and Science firms and Universities in the nation. The GEM Fellowship was designed to focus on promoting opportunities for individuals to enter industry at the graduate level in areas such as research and development, product development, and other high level technical careers. GEM also offers exposure opportunities to a number of opportunities in academe.

Ph.D. Program Applicants:

  1. Must be a senior, masters student, or graduate of an accredited engineering or applied science program at the time of application.
  2. Must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0/4.0.
  3. Must contractually agree to intern with a GEM Employer member the Summer immediately after sponsorship

GEM Eligibility

Under-representation: Candidates are targeted for participation who are members of the following under-represented groups in science and engineering as defined by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • American Indian/Native
  • African American/Black Hispanic
  • American/Latino

Citizenship: Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident at time of application. GRE: Applicants are strongly encouraged to take the GRE to qualify for multiple GEM Member University programs. Applicants will be asked to provide test dates and/or GRE scores when available.

University Graduate Program: Applicants must directly apply to a minimum of three (3) GEM Member Universities STEM graduate departments. The deadline to apply to three GEM Member Universities is January 15th OR the relevant STEM graduate department deadline, whichever is earlier.

Applicants must be admitted into a GEM Member University's Ph.D. graduate program in STEM before the GEM Fellowship is awarded.

GPA: Must maintain a 3.5 GPA throughout tenure as a doctorial student.

Howard University Graduate School Eligibility

  1. Apply to the GEM Fellowship 
  2. GEM_Fellowship_Application

Tuition & Stipend

The funding for the Ph.D. programs is up to the 5th year of the PhD program. One year is funded through the GEM National Office (via sponsorship from a GEM Employer and the GEM University). During the remaining years of the PhD program (up to the fifth year), GEM Fellows are funded at the same level of other funded doctorate students in the department. GEM Fellows may be expected to accept a teaching or research assistantship. GEM Universities may place additional requirements on GEM Fellows, such as requiring that GEM Fellows obtain in-state residency. GEM Fellows must check with individual GEM Member University representatives to determine if additional requirements exist at that university.

Ph.D. Engineering/Science Fellowship Program

  • $24,000 stipend applied to one academic year
  • Additional stipend (assistantships, grants, other stipend dollars) support from GEM Member University to bring the stipend amount up to the funding level of other funded PhD students in that department.
  • Full tuition and fees up to the fifth year of the PhD program.

Payment of Stipend

Students receive their stipend in accordance with Howard University’s payment schedule, and may be paid in weekly, bi-weekly, semi-monthly, or monthly installments. Stipend payments typically begin about one month after the student arrives on campus. Thus, GEM Fellows are advised to retain sufficient funds from their summer internship stipends to cover anticipated initial expenses (e.g., travel to the GEM University, books, supplies, etc.).

To begin receiving the stipend, GEM Fellows are required to meet with their GEM University Representative, to submit internship self-evaluations, graduate program plan, and updated transcripts at the end of each graduate term on their eGEM account.

Please direct any questions about the program to:

Dr. Kamla Deonauth
Director of the Alliance of Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP); 202-806-5936

About The National GEM Consortium

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Over the past three decades The National GEM Consortium (GEM) has helped thousands from ethnic groups historically underrepresented in the engineering, physical science, and life science disciplines overcome one of the most pervasive barriers to pursuing an advanced degree: identifying and securing funding for graduate education. 

GEM is a unique and powerful connection to a national network of universities and employers. This partnership promotes the participation of underrepresented groups in post-graduate science and engineering education and the technical workforce. As a nonprofit corporation, the core business is providing graduate fellowships in engineering and science to highly qualified individuals from communities where human capital is virtually untapped.