NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)


Please consult the program website to confirm details, including applicable deadlines.

Program Purpose: 
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S.
Program Description: 
The NSF offers 900-1,600 graduate fellowships each year to students in the early stages of pursuing a research-based master's or Ph.D. degree. The GRFP provides 3 years of graduate support for students who demonstrate potential to successfully complete graduate degree programs in NSF disciplines.
Supported Fields: 
NSF supported fields are in chemistry, computer and information sciences and engineering (CISE), engineering, geosciences, life sciences, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, psychology, social sciences. Interdisciplinary applications are welcome. __________________________________________________________________________________________________ For a complete list of supported fields, see: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/applicants/application_components/choosing_primary_field. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Ineligible fields include: practice-oriented professional degree programs in medicine, business, management, social work, clinical psychology, and education. Applicants in the medical sciences or psychology are only eligible if proposed research focuses on 'basic research questions' rather than disease-related goals.
Program Benefits: 
GRFP Fellows receive an annual stipend of $30,000, a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and access to TeraGrid Supercomputer – the world's largest, most comprehensive cyber-infrastructure for open scientific research.
Applicant Profile: 
The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages underrepresented populations, including women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.
Graduating seniors, and alumni who have completed B.S. or B.A. degree. Also eligible are master's or doctoral students in a research-based graduate degree program in a supported field, who may apply ONCE: EITHER in the 1st year, OR in the 1st semester of the 2nd year of their graduate studies. Applicants with more than 12 months of graduate work who are significantly changing fields may also be eligible.
Selection Criteria: 
Application materials include a "Previous Research Experience" essay and a "Proposed Plan of Research" essay. These materials are evaluated according to two criteria: 'Intellectual Merit' (excellence in planning and conducting research, working independently and in a team, and interpreting and communicating research findings) and 'Broader Impacts' (activities and projects that integrate research and education, communicate findings to a diverse audience, encourage diversity and enable full participation, enhance global scientific understanding, and benefit to applicant's community).
U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.
Program Deadline: 
Usually early November.
More information: 
How To Apply: 
Incoming students should apply directly to this national fellowship program. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ SF Students and alumni may also apply directly to this program. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ Current students (and former SF State undergraduates who have not yet enrolled at a graduate institution elsewhere) are encouraged, however, to work with SF State's Fellowships Office well in advance of the program deadline to perfect their application essays and other materials.