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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The 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 in the U.S.

NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals will be crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

So that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society, the Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those with disabilities are additionally accommodated by the Foundation to provide for the most successful graduate experience possible.

NSF Graduate Research Fellows receive:

  • A three-year annual stipend of $34,000/year
  • A $12,000 education allowance for tuition & fees, tenable at any accredited US institution
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development
  • The increased freedom that comes with having your own graduate funds
Who should apply?
Undergraduates and 1st or 2nd year graduate students with significant research experience and the potential, skill and drive to significantly advance knowledge and benefit society through teaching, research and innovations in STEM.

To be eligible, you must:
  • Be a rising senior, 4th year BS/MS student, or 1st or2nd year graduate student
  • Be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • Be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited US graduate institution by fall of next year.
  • Have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) by start of current academic year.
**Note: NSF recently announced new eligibility guidelines for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Please read these carefully before starting your application.

2017 GRFP Program Information

The NSF GRFP application will open in August 2016.

More information about next year's competition, application resources, and guidelines are available on our Blackboard Site (sign-up here).

Application workshops: July-September 2016. Check our events page and newsletter for dates and registration information.

Campus deadline for faculty review: October (date TBD)

National Deadlines: late October (depending on field)

Contact DFO Director, Meredith Wooten for more information. 

Fields of Study:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Up to Three Years


  • October 26 

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Female
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • $34,000 stipend + $12,000 cost of education allowance