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Competition Details

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Goes By: NSF GRF
Fellowship Website

Awards for study and research in the sciences or in engineering leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of sciences.

Applicants must address the Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts of their proposed research in their applications, and utilize appropriate headers to indicate those sections within their essays.

Award Value

Three-year annual stipend of $34,000, plus $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, for students pursuing graduate education. Usable over 5 years.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements Details
Year(s) of Application Senior, Alumni/Non-enrolled, Masters

Minimum Grade Point Average



US Citizen, Permanent Resident
Campus Nomination Required No
Year of Study Funded Masters, Doctoral
Academic Areas: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Social Sciences, Education
Areas of Interest: Research
Language Funding No
Location Domestic

Be sure to consult the competition website for complete eligibility and competition requirements.


NSF Life Sciences, Geosciences Electronic Deadline
Monday, October 19, 2020
5 p.m. ET

NSF Engineering, Computer Information Science & Engineering, Materials Research Electronic Deadline
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
5 p.m. ET

NSF Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education & Learning Research Electronic Deadline
Thursday, October 22, 2020
5 p.m. ET

NSF Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics & Astronomy Electronic Deadline
Friday, October 23, 2020
5 p.m. ET

NSF GRF Reference Letter Deadline
Friday, October 30, 2020
5 p.m. ET


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 101 Information Session
Monday, March 22, 2021
4:00 PM

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STEM Graduate Awards 101 Information Session
Monday, March 29, 2021
4:00 PM

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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Getting Started Workshop
Monday, April 12, 2021
4:00 PM

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Last updated: June 11, 2019

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