About the Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 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 United States institutions.

Eligibility Guidelines 

See the current Program Solicitation for eligibility guidelines. Those already enrolled in graduate school may apply one time only.

2020 Application Now Open

Please click here to apply now.



In the News

New NSF Funding Opportunity!

INTERN (Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students Supplemental Funding)
NSF has identified improvement of graduate student preparedness for the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce as one of its priorities. As part of this effort, a supplemental funding opportunity is available in fiscal year (FY) 2018 and FY 2019.  This funding provides support for non-academic research internships for graduate students for career opportunities in any sector of the U.S. economy.

NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities and has historically encouraged principal investigators (PIs) to include such activities in research proposals to NSF. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes new commitments and funding opportunities at NSF to ensure graduate students are prepared for the 21st-century STEM workforce.
Information on this DCL is available here:  Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN)
This internship opportunity is available as a supplement to NSF grants awarded by the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Directorate for Engineering (ENG), and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE).  Grantees are encouraged to include NSF Graduate Research Fellows and Honorable Mentions in their proposals.