National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The purpose of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. 

NSF actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF GRFP was established to recruit and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in STEM. Thus, NSF especially encourages applications from undergraduate seniors and Bachelor's degree-holders interested in pursuing research-based graduate study in STEM. First- and second-year graduate students in eligible STEM fields and degree programs are also encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: The GRFP lists eligibility requirements in its program solicitation, beginning on page 2.

Award: The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. 

Who can apply: Students apply directly through the GRFP Application Module.

2023-24 Application due date: at 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant's mailing address; date varies by discipline (see website and/or program solicitation for due dates)


Contact GRF Operations Center, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: