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Doctoral Studies Program

FY24 Doctoral Studies Program
The Doctoral Studies Program provides advanced education opportunities to top community talent in order to meet the Navy's highest priority validated requirements.  Community panels will select participants from the pool of applicants to complete their Doctorate degree at Naval Postgraduate School. Opportunities available are: 

​Curriculum ​Subspecialty ​Designators
​Electronic Systems Engineering
53XXD 1810
Combat Systems 
5700 14XX
Computer Science and System Designs 6203 1840
Oceanography Operational Sciences 6402 ​1800
Meteorology Operational Sciences 6403 1800
Those selected must be available to start their studies no later than September 2024. 
Those interested must submit applications to both Navy Personnel Command and Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).
Applications for community selection must be prepared in accordance with OPNAVINST 1520.23C, enclosure (4).  The deadline for submission is September 4, 2023.  Members must contact their detailer to discuss their eligibility for the program and request the detailer statement discussed in the instruction.  Completed packages can be submitted by DoD SAFE or encrypted email to, or standard mail.  Those sending encrypted emails are strongly encouraged to establish two-way, digitally signed email communication with the account in order to ensure attached files can be decrypted.  Standard mail must be received by the deadline, and can be sent to:
Navy Personnel Command
Customer Service Center
FY23 Doctoral Studies Program Screening Board (PERS-443)
5720 Integrity Drive
Millington, TN, 38055-4330
To complete the NPS application, please visit  Requirements for applying can be found at Please refer questions about the NPS applications to

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