What is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)?

National Deadline:

October 2023 - Exact date varies based on discipline 

Contact the Office of Fellowships for support at least one month before this deadline.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages submission of applications from the full spectrum of diverse talent in STEM.

Award Details

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How do I apply?

Each year, NSF releases a new solicitation detailing specifics of the program. You should review the most current information to make sure you are adhering to the most recently approved guidelines. 

For Reference Writers

Reference letters are a vital component of any GRFP application.  NSF provides comprehensive guidelines on effective letter content, formatting and submission instructions, and resources for writers. Those resources, including tips and FAQs, appear on the NSF GRFP webpage. A summary of this advice is provided below.

Have questions? Please contact us.

Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships
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