ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024 FLEET SCHOLARS EDUCATION PROGRAM:
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FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
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SUBJ/ACADEMIC YEAR 2023-2024 FLEET SCHOLARS EDUCATION PROGRAM//
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REF A IS OPNAVINST 1500.78, FLEET SCHOLARS EDUCATION PROGRAM//
REF B IS OPNAVINST 1520.24D, OFFICER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
RMKS/1. This NAVADMIN announces the fiscal year 2023, Academic Year (AY)
2023 and 2024 Fleet Scholars Education Program (FSEP). Applicants should pay
special attention to policy change in paragraph 5 regarding tuition caps.
a. Fleet Scholars Education Program (FSEP) is a Navy talent management
initiative that selects high performing Unrestricted Line (URL) Officers and
Information Warfare Community (IWC) Officers to attend in-residence graduate
education programs. Selected participants will attend in-residence graduate
school at an accredited institution of their choice (Continental United
States, Alaska and Hawaii).
b. FSEP is nominally suited for the Lieutenant (LT) paygrade; however,
Lieutenant Commanders are eligible. Top performing Lieutenant Junior Grade
Officers may be considered if promoted to LT before reporting to their
school of choice for graduate education.
c. FSEP participants have up to 24 months to complete a graduate degree
while in a full-time student status. Participants will be required to choose
a degree from the approved areas of study list located at paragraph 4.
The approved areas of study list has changed from last year due to the
continuing refinement of Navy Education Requirements. Distance learning,
night/weekend /part-time programs structured for the working professional are
not authorized graduate programs under FSEP.
d. Officers who have already received fully-funded graduate education are
not eligible to participate. Graduate degrees obtained through Post 9-11
G.I. Bill, tuition assistance or the Navy College Program for Afloat College
Education are not disqualifiers. Selectees will be assigned a unique
additional qualification designation for tracking and career management
3. Application and Selection Process
a. Community sponsors will develop and implement selection criteria and
policies to identify their most talented and proven performers for FSEP
participation. Community sponsors will make their nominees for selection no
later than 30 September and submit to the Director for Warfighter Development
(OPNAV N71) via the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) Civilian Institutions
(CIVINS) program office for final selection approval and selection
notification. Selection notification will be released by 31 October 2022 in
order for Navy Personnel Command, Graduate Education and Training Placement
(PERS-440) to meet the AY23-24 fall/winter semester/quarter start dates. Each
community sponsor may select up to their annual allocated graduate
education opportunities, as per reference (a), shown below:
Community Designator Opportunities
AIRFOR 1310, 1320(6)
b. Upon notification of selection to FSEP, selectees should apply to
at least three accredited graduate education institutions of their choice.
Participants may be reimbursed for up to three application and transcript
fees after beginning their first semester/quarter. Participants shall
consult the list of schools that have existing Education Service Agreements
(ESA) with the Navy on the NPS CIVINS website FSEP page at
https://nps.edu/web/civins/fsep. In cases where the school of choice is not
on the ESA listing, the selectee shall notify the NPS CIVINS office no less
than 7 months prior to program start to allow sufficient time to pursue
additional ESAs. Participants are responsible for researching and
completing prerequisites including graduate record examinations where
applicable. Permanent change of station orders and enrollment should not
occur prior to 01 July 2023 for the fall/winter term of AY23-24.
4. Areas of Study
a. FSEP participants should choose from the following areas of study:
Problem Solving/Decision Science/Data Science
Public Policy/Public Administration
b. For those areas of study awarding a subspecialty code (SSC), all
Education Plans will be reviewed against the Educational Skill Requirement
(ESR), and approved by the respective SME/PERS-451.
c. For questions on whether a desired degree falls outside the specific
areas of study listed above, the selectee shall submit a degree approval
request to the NPS CIVINS office. Details of the degree approval process can
be found at NPS CIVINS website listed in paragraph 7.
5. Tuition Cap. For the focus study areas listed in paragraph 4, FSEP
selectees will receive 100% funding for tuition related expenses. For any
other degree programs, FSEP selectees will only receive a maximum of
$40K/year in tuition related expenses. Selectees may use a combination of
scholarships, post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits, and personal resources to cover
these additional costs. Reference (b) provides additional information on
scholarship requirements. FSEP selectees should contact the OPNAV N7
POC in order to obtain clarification on whether a degree program
does/does not fall under a focus study area.
6. Service Obligation: In line with reference (b), FSEP selectees shall
agree to remain on active-duty for three years following graduation or
withdrawal from the program. A member who voluntarily or through misconduct
fails to complete the active-duty time agreed upon shall be required to
reimburse the cost of the education received, prorated for the obligated time
7. Additional information regarding FSEP is available at the NPS CIVINS
website at https://nps.edu/web/civins/fsep and in reference (a).
8. Point of contact is LT Matthew Hinkson, Graduate Education and JPME
Policy Requirement, (703) 693-4183 or email
9. This message will remain in effect until superseded or 31 May 2023,
whichever occurs first.
10. Released by VADM J. W. Hughes, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for
Warfighting Development (N7).//