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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Program Information

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports 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. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


To be eligible for a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident alien
  • A graduating senior; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; or have completed no more than two years of full-time graduate study in the discipline in which you are applying
  • Pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree at an accredited U.S. institution in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or STEM-education fields supported by the NSF.
  • Either anticipating being enrolled in a graduate program by the fall of the fellowship start date or enrolled in a graduate program with no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study

Award Information

NSF Graduate Research fellows benefit from three years of support including a generous annual stipend and a cost-of-education allowance as well as five years of access to international research and professional development opportunities.

Learn more information about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.