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National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Program Summary: $30,000/year for up to 3 years of research-based study leading to a MS or PhD in
science, engineering, social science, or STEM education.

Official Websites: (official solicitation) (important resource for applicants and recommenders)

Recommenders: Official NSF Advice for GRFP Letters of Recommendation; Further Advice (from an experienced fellowship advisor, courtesy of Penn State, which includes samples)


What is the NSF GRFP?

From the program's website: The NSF 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 US institutions.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

Who can apply for the NSF GRFP?

To be eligible, you must:

1. Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or U.S. permanent resident
2. Intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
3. Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study


Important Dates
Date & Time
Information Sessions
3/24/14, 4-5pm
126 DeBartolo Hall
3/25/14, 4-5pm
Application Workshops
4/7/14, 4-5pm
126 DeBartolo Hall
4/8/14, 4-5pm
Fall 2014
Workshop Series
(hosted by ND Graduate School)
Fall 2014
TBD (More info here)
Final Deadline (varies by field of study)
Early November 2014

All online sessions can be accessed at:

Additional sessions, including a workshop series, are held by the Graduate School in the Fall, which we highly recommend that undergraduates attend. (See above for more information.)


What are my next steps if I want to learn more and/or am thinking about applying?

1. Download the Information sheet (PDF)

2. Attend/view an information session (see above)

3. If you plan to apply, contact CUSE National Fellowships to declare your interest and/or ask us any questions you might have.

Once you have decided to apply...

1. Attend/view an application workshop (see above)

2. Download application advice (PDF)

3. Attend the Graduate School's workshop series in the Fall semester, if possible (see above)

4. Contact CUSE National Fellowships to receive feedback on your application