National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Degree Level: Post UG, or Graduate

Field of Study: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Special Consideration: Underrepresented racial or ethnic group, or Female, or Disabilities

Location: United States

Duration: Multi-year

Deadlines: November. Please check website below for the specific date.


Campus deadline
This program has an optional campus deadline for anonymous faculty review, which is usually in October. For more information please email

Program Description
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. 

Visit the NSF GRFP site.

Presentation: NSF’s GRFP Presentation/Advice on Applying for the GRFP

Rick McCourt_NSF GRFP article_Phycological Society of America (PDF)

Award Details

Amount: Tuition, travel allowance, $32,000 annual stipend

Duration: Up to three years

Degree: Research-based Masters or PhD (apply as college senior or in first year of graduate school).

Fields of Study: Any math, science, engineering, social science, or STEM education field supported by NSF.

Student Winners

View the list of 2014 recipients and Honorable Mentions