Introduction To The NSF GRFP

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Many graduate students seek funding and want to obtain proposal writing experience. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps college seniors going to graduate school and graduate students already in a graduate program do both.

The NSF GRFP is the nation’s oldest and most established fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Since 1952, NSF has provided funding for over 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships. To date, forty-two Fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Applicants who can apply must be a United States (US) citizen, US national, or a permanent US resident by the application deadline. First or second year graduate students can apply. Undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply with some restrictions. If awarded this fellowship provides $34,000 dollars per-year for three years and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 dollars to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year. This fellowship offered by NSF is very prestigious. So the earlier you start to prepare for this the better!

*Best practice suggest that anyone who plans to submit a GRFP application should start at least Ten (10) months before the GRFP due date. In order to begin to prepare and to apply for the GRFP award please follow steps 1-9 provided on the next page at your own pace.

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