Graduate Research Fellowship Program; NSF

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a National Science Foundation-wide program that provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Three years of support over a five-year period are provided for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.

The institution at which a Fellow is enrolled is the official NSF awardee institution and receives up to a $46,000 award per Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year. The awardee institution is responsible for disbursement of fellowship funds to the Fellow. The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is $34,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,833. The cost-of-education allowance provides payment in lieu of tuition and mandatory fees to the institution of $12,000 per year of fellowship support.

Fellowship applications must be submitted by the prospective Fellow. Applicants must use the GRFP application module in ( to submit the application.

Applications must be received by October 18, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Applicants must submit the following information through the GRFP Application Module:

  • Personal Information;
  • Education, Work and Other Experience;
  • Transcript PDFs;
  • Proposed Field(s) of Study;
  • Proposed Graduate Study and Graduate School Information; and
  • the names and email addresses of at least three reference letters.

For more detailed information about the GRFP and how to apply, to to: