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Apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)!

July 5, 2017

The 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application is now open!

National Deadlines: October 23-27 (Depending on field of study)
Optional Campus Review Deadline: October 4 at 12 p.m. (noon)

About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award provides $46,000/year ($34,000 stipend + $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance), international research and internship opportunities, and more to support future knowledge experts with the potential to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents. The NSF welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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

Learn more
This video reviews the basics of the NSF GRFP, including eligibility, application components, and review criteria. Additional videos and information at

Be sure to read the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Page and read the NSF GRFP solicitation for official details and requirements. 

Applying for the NSF GRFP at Drexel

The Fellowships Office supports Drexel students who are applying – or thinking about applying – for a NSF-GRFP in a variety of ways, including resources, workshops, faculty review, and more.

All events are open to Drexel students and alumni only. We look forward to seeing you! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


National Deadlines: October 23-27 (Depending on field of study)

Campus Review Deadline: Wednesday, October 4 at 12 p.m. (noon)
To submit essays for anonymous internal review by faculty with NSF experience, complete an NSF GRFP Campus Review form and upload drafts of both essays in a single document (Word .doc/.docx preferred) by the deadline above.

NSF GRFP Application Workshops

These two-part sessions will provide an overview of the NSF GRFP, tips from recipients and faculty reviewers, and hands-on writing exercises to help you get started on the application essays. Participants should bring a brief summary of their proposed graduate research to the workshop.

Workshop participants will receive access to sample essays, worksheets, and supporting materials - and - may request one-hour feedback and advising meetings with Fellowships Office advisors. Please watch the short webinar above or review the NSF GRFP website before attending an application workshop to gain a basic understanding of the program.   

2017 Summer Term Workshops
Thursday, August 17, 10am-12pm
Wednesday, August 30, 3-5pm
Friday, September 8, 1-3pm

Additional details and upcoming sessions on our Events page.

NSF GRFP Merit Review Panel

Learn more about the NSF Merit Review criteria and review process from recent GRFP faculty reviewers. Speakers will share firsthand experience to clarify the review process and offer advice to students applying for the GRFP this year. 

September 28, 12-1pm PISB 103

Panelists include:

  • Professor Kelly Joyce, Director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Society and GRFP Merit Review Panelist
  • Professor Steven May, GRFP Merit Review Panelist
  • Professor Rick McCourtAssociate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences, and recent GRFP Program Manager
  • ​Professor Caroline Schauer, ​GRFP Merit Review Panelist

Can't make it to an event or workshop?
Watch the videos below and contact for more information.

Application Feedback and Advising 

Current applicants can request individual advising and feedback on application materials by submitting a Fellowships Interest Form or by attending our walk-in advising hours (Summer 2017: Fridays, 9-11am.).

Students are also encouraged to reach out to our Fellowships Ambassadors, who may be able to provide additional advice and feedback on your materials.

Can’t make it to one of our workshops or want to learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program? Check out these videos and tutorials created by our staff and from other sources!

The NSF GRFP Operation Center has created this great webinar overview of the program: 


Ready to apply? Watch this short video from the NSF GRFP Operation Center on How to Apply for the GRFP:

Additional Resources

We encourage all applicants to take advantage of the various on-campus and external resources to help you prepare, write and improve the caliber of your fellowship application.