Welcome to the Predictive Science & Engineering Design (PSED)

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Quick Facts

Program Name

Predictive Science & Engineering Design (PSED) Cluster


Must have PhD status in an engineering discipline

Start Date

Second year of PhD

Course Structure

Three core courses, accompanied by interdisciplinary projects

Program Features

  • Approximately 10 new fellows every year
  • One year PSED seminar course, accompanied by project co-advised by at least two faculty members from different disciplines/departments
  • Optional cluster certificate


Evanston campus

Application timeline

End of spring quarter

Student Profile

Each year, the cluster accepts new fellows who are current PhD students from all departments at Northwestern Engineering. Qualified students will receive one- or two-quarter PSED fellowships depending on the funding availability. International students are required to pass the English speaking test before receiving the fellowship. At the time the cluster award begins, the fellows must have completed their first year as a graduate student at NU; ideally, the Fellows will be in their second year of graduate study. Candidates who have not passed the qualifying exam will not be considered.

The fellowships are awarded to doctoral students who are willing to work with faculty advisers from at least two different disciplines. Priority will be given to candidates who can pair with other cluster fellows on interdisciplinary projects. Past fellows are talented PhD students with complementary computational and experimental skills required for research in predictive science and engineering design.

Meet the Cluster Fellows