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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) 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 U.S. 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.

If you are interested in applying for the NSF GRFP, please complete our 2021 DECLARATION OF INTENT FORM. We will then follow up with you to schedule a consultation over Zoom and get you started on the application drafting process.

National Application Deadlines:

Late October: Geosciences

Late October: Life Sciences

Late October: Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Late October: Engineering

Late October: Materials Research

Late October: Psychology

Late October: Social Sciences

Late October: STEM Education and Learning

Late October: Chemistry

Late October: Mathematical Sciences

Late October: Physics and Astronomy

Early November: Reference letter deadline


  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident
  • Senior, Recent Graduate, or Graduate Student
  • Must begin or continue in a research-based graduate program in an NSF approved field.

Application Process:
There is no institutional nomination process for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; however, students are encouraged to complete a Declaration of Intent and make an appointment with us for help and additional resources with the application. Additionally, check the NSF Website for field specific application deadlines. Application requirements also vary by field. Lastly, it should go without saying, but be sure to work closely with your faculty and, especially, your research mentor(s) in developing your GRFP application.

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