National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

To ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States, and to reinforce its diversity.

Three years of funding -- up to $121,500 -- for research-focused Master’s and PhD degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  Graduate Research Fellowship stipend $30,000 per 12-month period; education allowance $10,500 per tenure year.  One-time $1,000 international research travel allowance.  All awards are for a maximum of three years, usable over a five-year period.

Study and research in the sciences or in engineering leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of science.  Awards are also made for work toward a research-based PhD in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for PhD candidates in scientific disciplines.  Clinical or practice-oriented professional degrees are ineligible.

US accredited universities; also foreign institutions

Approximately 1,000 graduate fellowships awarded annually.  These Fellowships are extremely competitive; typically one applicant in ten is awarded a Fellowship.

Open to U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens. Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study.  Awards are not made in clinical, counseling, business, or management fields, social work, education (except in science education Ph.D.), or history (except history of science), for work leading to medical, dental, law, or public health degrees, or for study in joint science-professional degree programs. Applicants may apply during their senior undergraduate year or during their first year of graduate study:  they must have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study. 


Final deadline varies in Oct. or Nov. with due date of application on the NSF Fastlane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module, depending on field of application:

All application materials are due at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the deadline dates. Material submitted after 8:00 p.m. EST on the deadline dates will not be accepted under any circumstances.

An academic transcript is due for every institution listed in the application module.  Applicants are required to submit three reference letters. Reference writers should use letterhead, if possible, and include the following information: Name and Title of reference writer, Department, and Institution or Organization, (see this page for further details).

Lisa Gates, Dean for Fellowships and Research
Davis Family Library 225G


Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center, 866-673-4737 (toll-free from the US and Canada); e-mail