Life Sciences application period: July 20, 2021 to October 18, 2021 (5:00 p.m. PT)
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, and STEM Education and Learning application period: July 20, 2021 to October 19, 2021 (5:00 p.m. PT)
Engineering application period: July 20, 2021 to October 21, 2021 (5:00 p.m. PT)
Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, and Physics and Astronomy application period: July 20, 2021 to October 22, 2021 (5:00 p.m. PT)

Eligibility requirements: 

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • 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.

*Note: Effective as of the 2017 competition, NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.

Award summary and conditions: The purpose of the National Science Foundation's 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 benefits include:

  • 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

Application process: online 

Application requirements:

  • Personal Statement (3 pages max.)
  • Proposed Plan of Research Essay (2 pages max.)
  • 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