National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  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 at accredited US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


2015 NSF GRFP Application

The 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program application is expected to open in August 2014.

The 2015 Program Solicitation will also be released around early August.




GRFP 60th Anniversary


2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the NSF GRFP!

Please visit the NSF website and special 60th anniversary web page for information about the history of the program, profiles of past awardees, the winners of the 60th Anniversary Video Contest, the history of the program, and many other aspects of the GRFP.

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

- Three years of support
- $32,000 annual stipend
- $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution
- International research and professional development opportunities
- XSEDE Supercomputer access


Important Links for the GRFP - Official program announcement and information, information for awarded fellows, FAQ guides, and information for coordinating officials - Application submission & award announcements (this site) - Unofficial program information, applicant assistance & resources, outreach-related issues, panelist registration & information, and applicant ratings sheet review

Current GRFP Administrative Guide (NSF 13-085) - Guide for the administration of GRFP awards, including Fellow responsibilities, Fellowship administration, terms and conditions, and procedures.

FAQs for the new Administrative Guide (NSF 13-084) - Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the current GRFP Administrative Guide


Site Highlights

General Program Information Panelist Registration
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Current Program News

  • NSF has issued a press release about the 2014 GRFP awards.
  • The results of the 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition have been announced. E-mail notifications have been sent to all reviewed applicants, and a list of the 2014 awardees and honorable mentions is available on FastLane.
  • On December 5, 2012, the winners of the 2013 NSF GRFP 60th anniversary video contest were announced. First place went to Eric Keen, second place went to Candy Hwang, and third place went to Erica Staaterman. Candy Hwang also won the People's Choice award. Congratulations to all three of them!
  • 2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the GRFP. Please visit the NSF website and special 60th anniversary web page for information about the history of the program, 60th anniversary video contest winners, profiles of past awardees, examples of past GRFP work, and more.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Operations Center Administered by: American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
1818 N Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036 | 866-NSF-GRFP, 866-673-4737
(toll-free from the US and Canada) or 202-331-3542 (international) |