National deadlines :All deadlines are at 8:00 p.m. EST

  • October 29, 2014 - Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials  Research
  • October 30, 2014 - Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy
  • November 3, 2014 - Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning
  • November 4, 2014 - Life Sciences; Geophysics
  • November 7, 2014 - All letters of reference are due

Eligibility requirements:

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident alien
  • Graduating senior or post-graduate
  • Have 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: Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module at:

Application materials:

  1. Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement (three pages maximum)
  2. Proposed Plan of Research Essay (two pages maximum)
  3. 3 Reference Letters
  4. Academic Transcripts

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

National committee interview: No

Selection process:  In considering applications, reviewers will be instructed to address the two Merit Review Criteria:
1. Intellectual Merit

  • Ability to plan and conduct research
  • Excellence when working both independently and in a team
  • Aptitude in interpreting and communicating research findings

2. Broader Impacts - Activities and projects that:

  • Integrate research and education
  • Communicate your methodology and findings to a diverse audience
  • Encourage diversity and enable full participation
  • Enhance global scientific and technical understanding
  • Benefit your community

For each criterion, panelists describe the application's strengths and areas for improvement on the GRFP Rating Sheet.

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

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