NSFGRF Scholarships fund graduate students in specified fields to pursue research-based master's or doctoral degrees.



Mid-late November depending on the field. All applicants are expected to use NSF's FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) process: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/.




NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Quick facts

Academic Discipline

Computer Science, Technology
Health and Medical Fields
Natural Sciences
Scientific Research


US Citizen, Permanent Resident


Senior, Entering Graduate, Graduate



Endorsement Required


Award Amount

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S., or foreign institution of graduate education they choose.


The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.



• Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. • Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. Applicants must have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study at the time of their application. • Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and STEM education supported by the NSF. • The Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards are for women who intend to pursue graduate research degrees in Engineering or Computer and Information Science and Engineering. Additional funding for these awards is provided by the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and the Directorate for Engineering. Eligibility and review criteria are the same as for applicants in other fields. • The Fellowships are tenable at any appropriate, accredited non-profit U.S. institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering.