42 U.S. Code § 16536 - Protecting America’s Competitive Edge (PACE) graduate fellowship program
(a) Definition of eligible student
In this section, the term “eligible student” means a student who attends an institution of higher education that offers a doctoral degree in a field relevant to a mission area of the Department.
The Secretary shall establish a graduate fellowship program for eligible students pursuing a doctoral degree in a mission area of the Department.
(1) In general
The Secretary shall award fellowships to eligible students under this section through a competitive merit review process, involving written and oral interviews, that will result in a wide distribution of awards throughout the United States, as determined by the Secretary.
The Secretary shall establish selection criteria for awarding fellowships under this section that require an eligible student—
(B) to demonstrate to the Secretary—
(i) the capacity of the eligible student to understand technical topics relating to the fellowship that can be derived from the first principles of the technical topics;
(iii) leadership skills in organizations or intellectual endeavors, demonstrated through awards and past experience; and
A fellowship awarded under this section shall—
A fellowship awarded under this section shall be up to 3 years duration within a 5-year period.
The Secretary, acting through the Director of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Education—
(f) Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—
(2) $12,000,000 for fiscal year 2009, including nonexpiring fellowships for the preceding fiscal year;