NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Writing Workshop

Writing Intensive workshop

Writing intensive workshop for students preparing applications for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This fellowship supports outstanding students pursuing research-based graduate degrees in STEM and social sciences.

Writing Workshop: Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 – 7:30pm. Register

National Deadlines: Fellowship proposals are due as early as October 23.


DETAILS about the NSF graduate research Fellowship program (NSF-GRFP)

 Award Website

The National Science Foundation makes about 2,700 annual awards to students with the potential to make significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. The fellowships may be used at any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics or engineering. Fellowship awardees and honorable-mention recipients may apply to use 12 facilities at a Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure site. NSF also sponsors the Women in Engineering and Computer Information Science awards. Aside from the field restrictions, eligibility criteria are the same as for the regular NSF fellowships.

  • The NSF divides their awards roughly equally among the three stages of competition: graduating seniors, first-year graduate students, second-year graduate students.
  • The focus of the award is not simply preparing faculty – only 20% of awardees go into university research. The award supports all careers and trajectories – including those who work in the social sciences.

More information about this opportunity is available here:

For a complete list of NSF-supported field please click here.


Eligibility Criteria

Term Length: 3 years (usable over a five-year period).

In order to be eligible you must be:

  • A US national, or permanent resident
  • Planning to pursue a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field.
  • Enrolled or enrolling in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution.
  • Not have completed the requirements for any graduate or professional degree by August 1 of the year the application is submitted
  • Meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

As a graduate student:

  • Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), 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.

As an undergraduate:

  • Individuals may apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training.

The Fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of graduate studies in research-based master’s or doctoral programs. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education. Awards are not made for clinical, counseling, business or management fields, or for work leading to the attainment of medical, dental or other practice-oriented degrees.

For a complete list of NSF-supported field please click here.