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 ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, many who have become leaders in their chosen careers, and some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.
Prestigious fellowships providing for three years of graduate support in science, mathematics, engineering, and social sciences. Can be used to support a doctoral or masters program of study. Can be deferred (funding for any 3 years over a 5 year period) and combined with other funding (if non-federal). Students can apply as seniors and as graduate students in their first or second fall (as long as they have not exceeded 12 months of full-time graduate study as of 1 August in the year of application). A fourth category of application for students who have undergone a major field change (i.e., from biology to engineering; not from one engineering field to another) or have had a major career disruption.