Apply Now for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadline(s) (received by 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):

October 29, 2014
Engineering; Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research

October 30, 2014
Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy

November 03, 2014
Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning

November 04, 2014
Life Sciences; Geosciences 
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application period is now open! NSF is soliciting applications for the GRFP until the posted deadlines in late October and early November 2014. Since 1952, GRFP has provided Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study in science or engineering and leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.

Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship year. Pending the availability of funds in 2015, it is anticipated that the stipend will increase to $34,000, as indicated in NSF's FY2015 Budget Request to Congress.

Program Description:

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards Fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The Fields of Study listed in the Appendix are used to place applications in the most appropriate review panel and to track the disciplinary progress of Fellows and their career outcomes. Applicants may select "other" if their Field of Study is not represented in the list.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. All applicants are expected to have adequate preparation to begin graduate-level study and research by summer or fall of 2015. This is nearly always demonstrated by a bachelor's degree in a science or engineering field earned prior to fall 2015. In addition, Fellowship awardees must be enrolled in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States that offers graduate degrees in eligible science and engineering fields by fall 2015. Confirmation of acceptance in a program which grants a graduate degree in an eligible science or engineering field is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, by May 1, 2015. Upon acceptance of an NSF GRFP Fellowship, Fellows must certify that they meet all of the eligibility requirements as described in this Program Solicitation. All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States.  
While applicants accepting the Fellowship must be affiliated with an institution having a campus located in the United States, NSF encourages United States graduate students to establish collaborative relationships with international researchers and institutions. GRFP offers the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) initiative to enable Fellows to take advantage of expertise, facilities, data, and field sites located abroad; to develop an international network of collaborators early in their career; to address problems of a global nature that require international cooperation; and to be prepared upon joining the United States science and
engineering workforce to collaborate successfully in international teams.
GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education that takes into account individual interests and competencies. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of her or his relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.
Prospective applicants are advised that submission of an application implies a commitment to the pursuit of graduate study in a research-based program in science or engineering. Acceptance of a Fellowship award is an explicit agreement that the Fellow will be duly enrolled in a graduate degree program consistent with the field of study indicated in their application by the beginning of the following academic year.

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program:  Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107)

GRFP is also soliciting reviewers for the GRFP applications.  Disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professionals with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education expertise, are invited to serve as reviewers for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This opportunity is described here: Dear Colleague Letter - NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Invitation for Reviewers (NSF 14-107).


This iinformation is current as of 8/13/14 (when posted).  For the most recently updated information, visit the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website at