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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 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.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines

October 26, 2015 - Geosciences
October 26, 2015 - Life Sciences
October 27, 2015 - Engineering
October 27, 2015 - Computer & Information Science and Engineering
October 27, 2015 - Materials Research
October 29, 2015 - Psychology and Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
October 30, 2015 - Chemistry
October 30, 2015 - Mathematical Science
October 30, 2015 - Physics and Astronomy

On-Campus NSF Workshops

  • NSF Fellows Panel - Ag/Liberal Arts/HHS
    • 9/15/2015 6:00pm - PGSC
  • Grant & Proposal Writing
    • 9/16/2015 7:00pm - LWSN1142
  • Grant Writing Strategies
    • 9/21/2015 11:30am - LWSN1142
  • NSF Fellows Panel - Science & Engineering
    • 9/24/2015 6:00pm - RAWL1062
  • NSF Fellows Panel - All disciplines
    • 10/1/2015 6:00pm - PGSC
  • Register HERE

Application Resources


"Attending the NSF GRFP workshops over the past couple years allowed me valuable opportunities to engage with successful applicants and gain insight on how to improve my application. It is particularly helpful to hear students share their feedback from NSF reviewers. These workshops definitely helped inform and guide my application process." - Elizabeth Hall, NSF GRFP recipient 2015, Department of Anthropology

“When going through the process of applying for the NSF Fellowship, I tried to gather as much information as possible on how to construct the application. Some mentioned that the reviewers focused on specific areas in the essays, but I didn’t have concrete examples of what this entailed. In addition, I was the first student in our lab to apply for the award so I did not have prior experiences from lab mates to guide me. Because of this, I was glad to hear that panels were being held where I had the opportunity to ask questions directed at current NSF fellows. The information I received from attending the panel was invaluable, and I was given specific pieces of advice that helped answer various questions I had. In particular, the panelists were able to share reviewer comments from not only their own essays but from many other applications as well.  

I’ve participated in the panels for a couple years now after having received the fellowship. Even after being on multiple panels, I learn something new each time I participate from both the other fellows and the applicants. Each time I thoroughly enjoy giving the attendees advice on their applications, and I see that it provides encouragement to the students starting and refining the essays.” – Ben Redan, NSF GRFP recipient 2013, Department of Nutrition 

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