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 lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. The GRFP believes in innovative research and that the best way to continue to produce pioneering scientific solutions is by funding creative, diverse, and passionate researchers.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • Enrolled in the final year of undergraduate study or have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study.

  • Pursing a research-focused master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field (see website for details).

  • Applicants with a previous graduate degree in any field are not eligible (see website for details).

General Information

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals will be crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

The foundation welcomes applications from all qualified individuals so that the nation can build fully upon the strength and creativity of a diverse society. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you are planning to attend graduate school in fall 2016 (currently in your final year of your undergraduate program or have finished your baccalaureate degree), are a first-year graduate student (started in fall 2015), or are in the first semester of your second year in graduate school (started in fall 2014), then you are within the eligible amount of completed graduate study. As long as you are pursuing a research-focused master’s degree or Ph.D. in an NSF-supported field and meet the citizenship requirements, you are eligible to apply for the GRFP.

GRFP supported disciplines include:

  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM Fields Education (research focused)

Each GRFP Fellow receives the following: $32,000 annual stipend, $12,000 cost-of-education allowance, international research and professional development opportunies, and TeraGrid Supercomputer access.

Application Instructions

All application instructions and materials are available at the NSFGRFP website. UM applicants are strongly encouraged to notify the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at least one month before the national deadline to ensure adequate time is available to review your application. An advisor or faculty mentor will help ensure that you are submitting the best most complete impression of you.

Application Timeline

Early November 2015 
Completed applications, transcripts, essays, and reference letters must be postmarked and received by the National Science Foundation.

Early April 2016 
Award recipients notified by NSF.