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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Website

Program Purpose

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S.

Program Description

The NSF offers 900-1,600 graduate fellowships each year to students in the early stages of pursuing a research-based master's or Ph.D. degree. The GRFP provides 3 years of graduate support for students who demonstrate potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in NSF disciplines.

Supported Fields

NSF supported fields are in chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering (CISE), engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences. Interdisciplinary applications are welcome. For a complete list of supported fields, see: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/how_to_apply/choosing_a_primary_field.

Ineligible fields include: practice-oriented professional degree programs in medicine, business, management, social work, clinical psychology, and education. Applicants in the medical sciences or psychology are only eligible if proposed research focuses on 'basic research questions' rather than disease-related goals.


GRFP Fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and access to TeraGrid Supercomputer – the world's largest, most comprehensive cyber-infrastructure for open scientific research.

Applicant Profile

The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages underrepresented populations, including women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Selection Criteria

Application materials include a "Previous Research Experience" essay and a "Proposed Plan of Research" essay. These materials are evaluated according to two criteria: 'Intellectual Merit' (excellence in planning and conducting research, working independently and in a team, and interpreting and communicating research findings) and 'Broader Impacts' (activities and projects that integrate research and education, communicate findings to a diverse audience, encourage diversity and enable full participation, enhance global scientific understanding, and benefit to applicant's community).


Graduating seniors, alumni who have completed B.S. or B.A. degree, master's or doctoral students in the 1st year, or 1st semester of the 2nd year of a research-based graduate degree program in a supported field. Applicants with more than 12 months of graduate work who are significantly changing fields may also be eligible.


U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.


Usually early November.

How To Apply


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