National Gem Consortium

National Gem Consortium

National GEM Consortium

Rowan is a University Member of The National GEM Consortium, a non-profit graduate education organization connecting highly qualified minority graduate students to a national network of more than 150 top-rated universities, government research facilities, and leading multinational corporations. Each year since 1976, GEM identifies and recruits nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, graduate students, and working professionals from a pool of African American, Hispanic American, and American Indian STEM* talent to promote advanced degrees. For more information about GEM, visit here.

Types of GEM Fellows:

  • GEM Employer Fellows (Employee Selected): University provides full tuition, fees, and minimum $16K stipend; Industry employer contributes additional $20K. Participates in summer internships with industry employer.
  • GEM Associate Fellows (Doctoral and Master's students): University provides full tuition and fees plus a stipend equal to other students (minimum $16,000)-no industry employer contribution.
  • GEM University Fellows (Master's students only): University provides full tuition and fees.

For faculty: The eGEM database is accessible year-round for recruitment purposes, but there are several milestone dates to keep in mind:

Date Milestone Who
July 1 GEM Fellow application period begins Students
November 15 GEM Fellow application period ends Students
Late November GEM Fellow application evaluations Industry and faculty panel
December - March GEM Fellows matched with industry employers Industry employers
March 1 Deadline to accept/reject GEM applicants who applied to Rowan Rowan faculty and Rowan GEM representative
March 1 - April 1 Name University and Associate Fellows Rowan faculty and Rowan GEM representative
Summer Industry internships for employer-sponsored GEM Fellows Students, industry employers
Fall GEM Fellows begin graduate programs Students

For more information about GEM Fellows or to gain access to the eGEM recruitment database, e-mail GEM Representative Dr. Stephanie Lezotte at

For Rowan students: In order to be considered for a GEM Fellowship, students must apply at the National GEM Consortium website which opens annually on July 1. Applications are due November 15. If accepted as a GEM Fellow, you benefit not only by being recruited by GEM Member Universities who cover your full tuition and fees, but you also gain access to weekly GEM Fellowship meetings, access to the GEM alumni and industry network, and participation in exclusive GEM programs. 

*The National GEM Consortium STEM disciplines include engineering, computer science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, earth sciences, biology, and environmental science.