National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program


About the Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. 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 at accredited United States institutions.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected.

NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are 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.



  • a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution)
  • opportunities for international research and professional development
  • freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.


Who Can Apply?

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, under-represented minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The fellowship is competitive, and those planning to apply should devote a sincere effort to their application

Important Dates/Application Deadlines

The application deadline differs per STEM field.  It is best to check NSF’s website for details on each fields’ application deadline.


Recently, the Council on Undergraduate Research hosted a Graduate Research Fellowship Program Webinar.  Many students participated in the webinar, and a Q&A session was held.

Click the following link to see the Q&A session transcribed!

For more information

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Please stop by ONSF in Greve Hall 317 or make an appointment with Andrew Seidler for assistance with your application.