National deadlines: All deadlines - 8:00 p.m. EST

October 27, 2015 - Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials Research 
October 30, 2015 - Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy
October 29, 2015 - Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning
October 26, 2015 - Life Sciences; Geophysics

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien
  • Graduating senior or post-graduate
  • Completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or the equivalent
  • Pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields supported by NSF.

Award summary and conditions:  The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.  The program 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:

  • Three years of support
  • $34,000 annual stipend
  • $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution
  • International research and professional development opportunities 
  • XSEDE Supercomputer access

The ranks of NSF Fellows include individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research and have become leaders in their chosen careers and Nobel laureates.

Application process: online 

Application materials:

  • Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement (three pages maximum)
  • Proposed Plan of Research Essay (two pages maximum)
  • Letters of recommendation (3) 
  • Transcript(s)

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: No

Announcement date: March - April, although may be later due to federal budget considerations