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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 from 2014) (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
4/15/15, 5:00pm RSVP
CUSE (110 Brownson)
4/16/15, 5:00pm RSVP
CUSE (110 Brownson)
Final Deadlines (varies by field of study)
Late October/Early November


A current list of CUSE online information sessions is available here.


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). RSVP even if you cannot attend so that we know to keep you updated on other information sessions, workshops, and resources.

3. Download Application Advice and visit and for a wealth of helpful information.

4. Submit drafts of your application to to receive feedback.