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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Fellowships to USA Graduate Students
for STEM and STEM Education Degrees

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

10/25/19 5:00 PM - Deadline For Life Sciences and Geosciences; 10/22/19 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research; 10/24/19 - Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning; 10/25/19 - Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy.

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Fellowships to USA and territories students to support doctoral or master’s degree research in the STEM (science, technology, education, and mathematics) fields, as well as STEM education. Funding is intended to support students early in their graduate careers who display potential for significant achievements in STEM research or STEM education. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive plan for graduate education that takes individual interests and competencies into consideration. The plan describes the academic achievements, attributes, and experiences that illustrate the applicant's demonstrated potential for significant research achievements. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of their relevant education, research experience, and plans for graduate education that demonstrates this potential.

The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

Fields of study:

  • Life Sciences, Geosciences
  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
  • Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
  • Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181918

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$138,000

Number of Grants:

The NSF expects to award 1,600 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Term of Contract:

The institution at which a Fellow is enrolled receives up to a $46,000 award per Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year. The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $34,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,833. The cost-of-education allowance to the institution is currently $12,000 per year of fellowship support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program provides educational opportunities for Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students.

Confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program in science or engineering is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, no later than May 1 of the year the award is accepted. Prospective Fellows must enroll in a university, college, or nonprofit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM or STEM education no later than fall of the year the award is accepted. All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:

- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education
- Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
- If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
- Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
- Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
- Have never earned a master's, professional, or bachelor's-master's degree in any field, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
- Not be a current NSF employee

For additional eligibility information, see:
https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19590/nsf19590.pdf#page=6

For a list of ineligible areas of study, see: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19590/nsf19590.htm#page=7

For categories of applicants that are ineligible see page 8 of the guidelines.

Pre-Application Information:

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

Life Sciences, Geosciences:

- 2020 Deadline: Monday, October 21, 2019
- 2021 Deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020

Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research:

- 2020 Deadline: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
- 2021 Deadline: Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning:

- 2020 Deadline: Thursday, October 24, 2019
- 2021 Deadline: Thursday, October 22, 2020

Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy:

- 2020 Deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019
- 2021 Deadline: Friday, October 23, 2020

Reference Letter Submission:

- 2020 Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019
- 2021 Deadline: Friday, October 30, 2020

Applicants must first register as a Research.gov user on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do. The anticipated announcement date is early April each year.

FAQ: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2017/nsf17123/nsf17123.jsp

Program Information: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19590/nsf19590.htm

FastLane information: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.research.gov/grfp/Login.do

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

Christopher Hill, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: info@nsfgrfp.org

Jong-on Hahm, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: info@nsfgrfp.org

Applications contact: GRF Operations Center, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: info@nsfgrfp.org

For questions related to the use of GRFP Application Module, contact:

NSF Help Desk: telephone: 1-800-673-6188; e-mail: fastlane@nsf.gov

The Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center is responsible for processing applications and responding to requests for information. General inquiries regarding the Graduate Research Fellowship Program should be made to:

Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center, telephone: 866-NSF-GRFP, 866-673-4737 (toll-free from the US and Canada) or 202-331-3542 (international). email: info@nsfgrfp.org

CFDA Number:

47.041 - Engineering / 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 - Geosciences / 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 - Biological Sciences / 47.075 - Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 - Education and Human Resources / 47.079 - Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 - Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 19-590

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)