The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides up to three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The GRFP supports over 100 subfields. For the 2020 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications and made approximately 2,000 fellowships offers.
The GRFP encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, in order to broaden and diversify those participating in science and engineering.
A) Five year fellowship period with three years of financial support
B) Annual stipend of $34,000
C) Cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
D) No post-graduate study service requirement
E) Access to supplemental funding to sustain research while on medical deferral (e.g. family leave)
To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:
A) Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
B) Intend to enroll or be enrolled in a research-based master's or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education
C) Have never previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship
D) If previously offered a Graduate Research Fellowship, have declined by the acceptance deadline
E) Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
F) Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
G) Have never earned a master's or professional degree 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 or more consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline, and; (ii) not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
H) Not be a current NSF employee