National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Multiple Locations,
United States
Term: Academic Year

Up to three years of financial support for students pursuing doctoral studies in science, engineering, mathematics and social sciences

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP) recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Supported fields also include many social science disciplines, such as Psychology, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Public Policy, and many more.

Fellows benefit from a generous three-year annual living stipend of along with an allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Applications will be reviewed by panels of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and other professional experts in graduate education. Each application is reviewed independently on the basis of merit using all available information in the completed application, paying special attention to both intellectual merit and broader impact review criteria.

Interested in learning more about the NSF GRFP application process? Watch this short video from NSF.


To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident;
  • intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in a GRFP-supported field;
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall following selection;
  • be at an early stage in your graduate career;
  • have completed no more than one academic year of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent);
  • Graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.

Fact Sheet

Social Sciences, STEM
Columbia Alumna/us, Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies, Senior, U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident
Fellowship Type:
Postgraduate Degree-Seeking
Multiple Locations,
United States
North America
Academic Year

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 21, 2019
Deadlines vary by academic field. Applications are due at 5:00 p.m. local time of the applicant’s mailing address.