(a) Definition of eligible student
(1) In general
(2) CriteriaThe Secretary shall establish selection criteria for awarding fellowships under this section that require an eligible student—
to pursue a field of science or engineering of importance to a mission area of the Department;
(B) to demonstrate to the Secretary—
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;
leadership skills in organizations or intellectual endeavors, demonstrated through awards and past experience; and
(1) AmountA fellowship awarded under this section shall—
A fellowship awarded under this section shall be up to 3 years duration within a 5-year period.
A fellowship awarded under this section shall be portable with the eligible student.
(e) AdministrationThe Secretary, acting through the Director of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Education—
(f) Authorization of appropriationsThere are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section—
$12,000,000 for fiscal year 2009, including nonexpiring fellowships for the preceding fiscal year;