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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Who Can Apply: US Citizens, Permanent Residents – Graduating Seniors, Recent Grads, Graduate Students (who have not yet completed the first term of their second year of graduate study)

Description: The purpose of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to ensure the vitality of the scientific and technological workforce in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics supported by the National Science Foundation (See NSF Fields of Study List).

Award Amount: NSF Fellows in the United States will receive a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. (For Fellows Abroad, all tuition and assessed fees will be reimbursed to the Fellow up to a maximum of $12,000 per tenure year.) The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend currently is $34,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated monthly for shorter periods as approved by NSF.

Duration: All awards will be for a maximum of three years usable over a five-year period.

National Deadlines: Must be received by 5:00 pm local time of applicant's mailing address.

October 17, 2022 - Life Sciences

October 18, 2022 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

October 20, 2022 - Engineering

October 21, 2022 - Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy


NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are intended for individuals beginning in the early stages of their graduate study. Applicants may pursue graduate study at an institution in the United States or affiliate with a foreign institution. Prospective Fellows are responsible for all logistical arrangements required for affiliation with the foreign institution, including handling living arrangements and securing any necessary passports or visas.

Program Preferences: The Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education and takes into account the individual interests and competencies of the Fellows. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of his or her relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate the potential to become an emerging knowledge expert in STEM disciplines.

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