What is the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship?
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
For more information about the NSF fellowship, please visit the NSF Graduate Fellowship website.
The current GRFP Administrative Guide (NSF 13-085) and FAQs for the new Administrative Guide (NSF 13-084): Guide & FAQ for the administration of GRFP awards, including Fellow responsibilities, Fellowship administration, terms and conditions, and procedures
Who is Eligible?
Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
- Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
- If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
- Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
- Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
- Have never earned a master's, professional, or bachelor's-master's degree in any field, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
- Not be a current NSF employee
How Do I Apply?
For information on the application process, including preparing proposals and current NSF policies, please visit the NSF Graduate Fellowship website.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (EST) local time of applicant's mailing address. Deadline dates are separated by subject:
- October 19, 2020: Life Sciences
- October 20, 2020: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
- October 21, 2020: Engineering
- October 22, 2020: Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy
Questions about the Application and Reference Writer Process for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program should be directed to:
GRF Operations Center
1818 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 866-NSF-GRFP (866-673-4737)
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (EST)