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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

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 in the U.S.

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

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, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Those with disabilities are additionally accommodated by the Foundation to provide for the most successful graduate experience possible.

Application deadlines vary by discipline.


2016 GRFP Program Information

National Deadlines: October 26-30 (depending on field)

Campus deadline for optional faculty review: October 8, 2015

See our 2016 GRFP Program Page for more information, resources, and a schedule of events.

Contact DFO Director, Meredith Wooten for more information. 

Fields of Study:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


  • United States

Program Type:

  • Research
  • Study


  • US Citizen
  • US National or Permanent Resident

Program Length:

  • Up to Three Years


  • October 26 

Special Considerations:

  • Underrepresented racial or ethnic group
  • Female
  • Disabilities

Degree Level:

  • Post UG
  • Graduate


  • $32,000 stipend + $12,000 cost of education allowance