The CSGrad4US application deadline has been extended until Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 5pm submitter’s local time. The reference letter deadline has also been extended until Wednesday June 9, 2021 at 5pm Eastern Time.

Computer and Information Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

Graduate Students looking at computers


The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) aim to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields: computer science, computer engineering, or information science. In particular, CSGrad4US provides an opportunity for bachelor’s degree holders who may be working in industry or other sectors to return to academia and pursue research-based doctoral degrees. In its inaugural year, a diverse cohort of 70 CSGrad4US Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest and potential in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a CISE field.

The benefits of CSGrad4US Fellowships are:

  • A year-long preparation program, in which individuals selected for the Fellowship will receive mentored support in identifying a graduate program, finding a research mentor, and applying to graduate programs; during this year, the individuals will also have opportunities to form a network with one another and with faculty advisors;
  • For those who enroll in an accredited doctoral degree-granting program at an institution of higher education having a campus located in the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years out of five; and
  • Cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 per year for the three years noted above to the institution of higher education.


CSGrad4US Fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Intend to apply for full-time enrollment in a research-based doctoral degree program in a CISE field no later than Fall 2023;
  • Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a CISE field between July 1, 2016, and June 31, 2019;
  • Never enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree-granting program for a CISE discipline at the time of the application (other than a professional master’s degree program - For the purposes of this funding opportunity, a professional master’s program has no research component and is usually designed for full-time professionals); and
  • Have never previously accepted a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

See the CSGrad4US Dear Colleague Letter for full eligibility requirements. NSF seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and strongly encourages women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities to apply.


  • Read the CSGrad4US Dear Colleague Letter for a full description of eligibility and application requirements.
  • Go to Research.gov and register for an account. After entering your full name, email address, and primary phone number, you will receive a nine- (9-) digit NSF ID that you will need to submit your application.
  • Prepare the four application document PDFs:
    • csgrad4us-form-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: CSGrad4US Application Form, including the names of at least one reference letter writer. Applicants should separately request their reference letter writers to email letters directly to NSF at csgrad4us-ref@nsf.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 9, 2021 (UPDATED). See below FAQs regarding the Application Form.
    • statements-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: Two candidate statements, totaling 5 pages:
      • Personal statement describing relevant background experience
      • Personal statement addressing underrepresentation in CISE disciplines
    • resume-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: Two- (2-) page resume
    • transcript-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: All academic transcripts
  • Attach all application documents in one email to csgrad4us-app@nsf.gov with your full name and NSF ID as the subject line.

Application Form Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q: What is the preferred tool for Mac and Windows users to prepare documents using the NSF Fillable PDF format?

For users who choose to use the fillable PDFs, NSF recommends Adobe Acrobat Reader in preparing their application form for an optimized experience. In particular, Mac users are encountering upload and proposal printing issues when using software other than Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete NSF FillablePDFs. Proposers should download and save the blank PDF document first, and then use Adobe Acrobat Reader to add content. The completed and saved PDF can then be emailed to csgrad4us-app@nsf.gov.

Q: When adding content to the application. form NSF-fillable PDF, some of the text exceeds the field length or allowable space provided. How should I proceed?

NSF recommends proposers download and save the blank PDF document prior to adding content. Populating content directly into a web browser (e.g., Chrome or Safari) may result in formatting inconsistencies. The completed and saved PDF can then be uploaded emailed to csgrad4us-app@nsf.gov.

Please contact csgrad4us@nsf.gov with any questions about the application process.


Application Deadline: UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. submitter’s local time on May 19, 2021

Reference Letter Deadline: UPDATED: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on June 9, 2021

Notification of Selection: Summer 2021

Mentored Preparation Program Start Date: Fall 2021

Mentored Preparation Program End Date:
Summer 2022

Applicants Enroll in Doctoral Degree-Granting Programs: Fall 2022-Fall 2023



Webpage last updated May 19, 2021