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Of the 540 college students offered fellowships by the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year for graduate study in 1984–1985 in the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering, 34 plan to pursue graduate studies in the earth, ocean, or space sciences. In addition, of the 60 NSF Minority Graduate Fellowships awarded this year, 2 were offered to students who plan graduate studies in the earth, ocean, and space sciences.

Each fellowship, awarded for 3 years of graduate study, provides a stipend of $8,100 per year for full-time graduate study. An annual cost-of-education allowance of $4,900 is provided by NSF in lieu of all tuition and fees to the institution selected by each fellow for graduate study. The fellowships may be used over 5 years to permit students to incorporate teaching or research assistantships into their education during periods in which they are not receiving their fellowship stipends.