42 U.S. Code § 16536 - Protecting America’s Competitive Edge (PACE) graduate fellowship program
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.
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.
A fellowship awarded under this section shall be up to 3 years duration within a 5-year period.