NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported fields who are pursuing research-based Master’s and Doctoral degrees.  

Fellows earn a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution.)

Fellows benefit from opportunities for international research and professional development and the freedom to conduct study and research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education.

To be eligible to apply for a GRFP award, please see Section IV of the current Program Solicitation for the full details regarding eligibility.

NEW THIS YEAR:  NSF limits gradaute students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.  The change in eligibility rules applies to graduate students only, please see the following links for additional information:

Deadlines for the 2017 NSF GRFP

October 24, 2016 • Life Sciences
• Geosciences
October 25, 2016 • Engineering
• Computer and Information Science and Engineering
• Materials Research
October 27, 2016 • Social Sciences
• Psychology
• STEM Education and Learning
October 28, 2016 • Chemistry
• Mathematical Sciences
• Physics and Astronomy
November 3, 2016 • Reference letters for all fields of study; Please note Reference letters are due by 5:00 p.m. ET
All application materials are due at 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by the applicants mailing address.
Material submitted after  deadline dates will not be accepted under any circumstances.


Application Materials: