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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

Award Information

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to support the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The fellowship is awarded to prospective and current graduate students who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

This three-year fellowship, which can be used over the course of five years, includes:

  • $37,000 annual stipend
  • $16,000 towards tuition and fees (the remainder is covered by the Graduate School)

Application deadlines: late October (specific date varies depending on discipline)


Applicants must:

  • be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or U.S. permanent residents
  • be pursuing a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field*
  • be enrolled at an accredited U.S. graduate institution, with a U.S. campus, by the fall after the application is submitted
  • have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) by the application deadline, or meet the criteria for the extenuating circumstance described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

*NSF-supported fields of study include: social sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, geosciences, life sciences, materials research, mathematics, physics and astronomy, psychology (non-clinical), and STEM education research. For a complete list of disciplines, see “X. Appendix” in the NSF GRFP Solicitation.



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