NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) pleased to offer the fellowship named as “NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)”. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or STEM education. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows will receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health.


Please see the basic entry requirements below

  • Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline
  • Applicants are eligible to apply:
  1. As undergraduates or post baccalaureates not enrolled in graduate school and who will have adequate preparation to attend graduate school in the fall that begins after they apply to GRFP
  2. As graduate students who have not completed more than 12 months of a graduate program in a supported field of study.
  • Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.
  • An individual’s proposed research and graduate study must be in a STEM field or in STEM education.
  • Fellows must enroll in a graduate degree program consistent with the relevant field of study proposed in their application and to undertake a course of study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degree.

How to Apply:

You should follow the given link to apply for the fellowship program: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do

Supporting Documents:

  • Applicant-nominated reference writers must submit their letters through the FastLane GRFP Application Module. Reference letter requirements include:
  1. Institutional (or professional) letterhead, if available
  2. Two (2) page limit
  3. 12-point Times New Roman in the body of the letter
  4. Name and title of reference writer
  5. Department and institution or organization

Financial Aid and Award Money:

  • Fellows benefit from 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).
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Application Deadline: 

  • Deadline for Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics, and Astronomy study is October 23, 2017.
  • Deadline for Life Sciences, Geosciences study is October 24, 2017
  • Deadline for Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research study is October 26, 2017.
  • Deadline for Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning study is October 27, 2017

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