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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Provides support for three years of graduate study in science, technology, mathematics, or engineering.


The National Science Foundation aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,100 graduate fellowships in this competition.  The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study.  The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) invests in graduate education for a cadre of diverse individuals who demonstrate their potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in disciplines relevant to the mission of the National Science Foundation.


SEE ALSO:  Goldwater Scholarship, DOD Graduate Fellowships, Hertz Fellowship, NIH Graduate Partnerships Program, DHS Graduate Fellowship, DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

Selection Criteria

In considering applications, reviewers are asked to assess:

  • Intellectual merit, which includes intellectual and scientific ability;

  • The ability to work as part of a team as well as independently;

  • The ability to communicate, plan, and conduct research;

  • The broader impact of the applicant’s contributions to society and commitment to diversity.


Applicants must:

  • Be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens;

  • Not have completed more than twelve months of full-time graduate study or the equivalent in part-time study.  Individuals may apply during the senior year of college, prior to or during the first year of graduate school, and at the beginning of the second year of graduate school;

  • Register with the FastLane system prior to submitting an application and must affiliate with an accredited U.S. university, college, or non-profit academic institution or appropriate international institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics prior to activating the Fellowship award.


The award is $40,500 annually – a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance.


The award provides up to three years of support.

For more information:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship



Internal Selection Deadline (LSU)