About the Scholarship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense.

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  


What are the requirements needed while applying for this grant?

  • Applicants must demonstrate Personal Information, Education, Work/Research Experience, Proposed Field of Study, Honors, Awards, Publications.

  • Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement must be submitted.

  • Candidates must provide graduate Research Statements while applying for this grant.

  • A current official transcript is mandatory and to be provided by the students to meet the eligibility.

  • 2 letters of reference must been submitted by the candidates.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program award amounts to

  • This scholarship provides an annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.

  • A total of 1000 scholarships are awarded each year by this fellowship.


Deadline info

The application deadline has not yet been finalized. Understudies are informed to present their grant application, and other requirements are to be submitted in prior. Applications and other data are accessible online on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be a citizen, national or a permanent resident of the United States.

  • The applicant must be enrolled or planning to enroll for a research-based graduate degree program in a field of study approved in the STEM or STEM education.

  • The applicant must have never received a GRFP award.

  • The applicant must have denied the offer of a  GRFP award.

  • The applicant must not have applied for GRFP while pursuing a graduate degree.

  • The applicant must not have attained a doctoral degree.

  • The applicant must not have obtained a master's, professional, or bachelor's degree in any field.

  • The applicant must not be an employee of NSF currently.