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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

10/22/21 5:00 PM Local Time of Applicant's Mailing Address


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Fellowships to USA and territories students to support research in the fields of science, technology, education, and mathematics. Priority will be given to proposals in the areas of climate and clean energy research, research and development, racial equity in science and engineering, and U.S. leadership in critical and emerging technologies. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. 

A full list of eligible fields of study can be found at

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GrantWatch ID#: 181918

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Each Fellowship provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period. For each of the three years of support, NSF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution of higher education for each Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based master's or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education
- Have never previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship
- If previously offered a Graduate Research Fellowship, have declined by the acceptance deadline
- Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
- Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
- Have never earned a master's or professional degree (see joint bachelor's-master's degree information below) in any field, or completed more than one academic year in a graduate degree-granting program, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline.
- Not be a current NSF employee

Confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program in STEM or STEM education is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, no later than the deadline indicated in the fellowship offer letter, of the year the Fellowship is accepted. Prospective Fellows must enroll in a non-profit university, college, or institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM and STEM education no later than fall of the year the Fellowship is accepted. All Fellows from the date of Fellowship Start through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be enrolled in a graduate degree-granting institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Information about ineligible degree programs, ineligible areas of study, and ineligible proposed research can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline(s) (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant’s mailing address):
- October 18, 2021: Life Sciences
- October 19, 2021: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
- October 21, 2021: Engineering
- October 22, 2021: Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Reference letters are due October 29 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Applications must be submitted in through the GRFP Application Module.

The Fellowship award is made to the institution of higher education at which a Fellow is enrolled and the institution is responsible for disbursement of the stipend to the Fellow.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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GRF Operations Center
(866) 673-4737

CFDA Number:

47.041 - Engineering / 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 - Geosciences / 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 - Biological Sciences / 47.075 - Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 - Education and Human Resources / 47.079 - Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 - Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 20-587

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