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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.

If you would like NSF GRFP application support from our staff, please first complete our brief GRFP Declaration of Intent. Once we receive your Intent Form, we will invite you to our NSF GRFP Canvas site, where you will find valuable application resources, as well as workshop information and a portal to submit draft materials for our staff to review.

We will be hosting an NSF GRFP Application Workshop open to all students (at any stage in the application process) from 1:00-2:30 pm on Wednesday, September 6 in Hodges Library, Room 212.

2023 National Application Deadlines for GRFP:

Application Deadline(s) (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant’s mailing address):

  • October 16, 2023 (Monday): Life Sciences
    October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering
    October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Materials Research
    October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Psychology
    October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Social Sciences
    October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): STEM Education and Learning Research
    October 19, 2023 (Thursday): Engineering
    October 20, 2023 (Friday): Chemistry
    October 20, 2023 (Friday): Geosciences
    October 20, 2023 (Friday): Mathematical Sciences
    October 20, 2023 (Friday): Physics and Astronomy

October 27, 2023, 5pm ET: Reference letter deadline


  • U.S. Citizen, National, or Permanent Resident
  • Senior, Recent Graduate, or Graduate Student
  • Must begin or continue in a research-based graduate program in an NSF approved field.

Application Process:
There is no institutional nomination component for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; however, we are happy to provide application support to you.  Additionally, check the NSF GRFP website for field-specific application deadlines and requirements, as they vary by field. You will also find information on GRFP application webinars on that site. Lastly, it should go without saying, but be sure to work closely with your faculty and, especially, your research mentor(s) in developing your GRFP application.