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The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides funding to outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions in the U.S. Fellows receive a stipend of $34,000 for up to three years, plus a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate-degree granting institution during the fellowship year.

Conditions of Eligibility

  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree in an eligible STEM Field of Study (includes Social Sciences)
  • Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
  • Have never earned a doctoral degree
  • Have never earned a master’s, professional, or bachelor’s-master’s degree in any field, unless returning to graduate study after an interruption of at least two years

Application Materials

  • Materials have to be submitted electronically to the NSF FastLane GRFP Application Module
  • Three reference letters
  • Transcripts
  • Personal statement
  • Graduate research plan statement

Application Deadline

Late October, varies by discipline. Please see the NSF GRFP site for more information.