Fellowships & Scholarships

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Sponsor: National Science Foundation

Purpose: The NSF 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 United States institutions.


  • A three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution) to cover costs of a research-based master’s or doctorate degree (within a five year period)
  • Freedom to conduct own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education
  • Opportunities for international research and professional development
    • Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) — provides NSF Graduate Fellows an international travel allowance to engage in research collaborations with investigators in partner countries located outside the United States for 3 to 12 months.
    • Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) — allows NSF Graduate Fellows to pursue internships that enhance their professional development by engaging in mission related research experiences with partner agencies across the federal government.

Citizenship requirements: US citizen, US national, or permanent resident

Subject restrictions:

  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Materials Research
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences (Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, etc.)
  • STEM Education and Learning
  • History of Science

National deadline: Late October

Campus deadline: Late September

Website: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/ and http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201

Citizenship: U.S.

Min. GPA: none stated

Class year: Senior or Alum

Fields of study:

  • Engineering
  • Physical and Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences

Foreign/Domestic: Domestic (with an optional Foreign component)