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 and diversity of 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. A diverse cohort of 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.


The following CSGrad4US fellows were selected in 2021 and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in 2022.


Baccalaureate Institution

Doctoral Institution

Sarah Boelter

University of Alaska Anchorage

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Alyssa Cantu

Brown University

William Marsh Rice University

Steven Golob

University of Washington, Tacoma

University of Washington, Tacoma

Timothy Goodwin

Columbia University

University of California-Santa Cruz

Melissa Grueter

Pomona College

Toyota Technological Institute at Chicago

Daniel Grzenda

University of Vermont

University of Chicago

Alexander Krentsel

University of California Berkeley

University of California Berkeley

Lily (Yucen) Li

Carnegie Mellon University

New York University

Matthew Nicholson

Northwestern University

University of Colorado at Boulder

Krista Opsahl-Ong

Duke University

Stanford University

Elleen Pan

Northeastern University

University of Chicago

Jarred Parr

Grand Valley State University

Yale University

Gabriella Ramirez

University of Colorado at Boulder

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Steven (Di-Yang) Shi

Brown University

University of Texas at Austin

Patrick Toral

University of California-Santa Cruz

University of Southern California

Jina Yoon

Brown University

University of Washington


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 2024;
  • Are not currently enrolled in a degree-granting program;
  • Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a CISE field or otherwise demonstrated CISE core competency before June 30, 2021;
  • Never enrolled in and have no pending application for a doctoral degree-granting program for a CISE discipline at the time of the application; 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.


1) Application information

2) Personal statement describing relevant background experience

3) Personal statement addressing underrepresentation in CISE disciplines

4) Reference letter information

5) All academic transcripts

6) Two- (2-) page resume

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


Application and Reference Letter Deadline: UPDATE: 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on June 30, 2022

Notification of Selection: Summer 2022

Mentored Preparation Program Start Date: Fall 2022

Mentored Preparation Program End Date:
Summer 2023

Applicants Enroll in Doctoral Degree-Granting Programs: Fall 2023-Fall 2024


Q: If I do not have a bachelor’s degree in a CISE discipline, how do I demonstrate CISE core competency?
A: For more information on the expected background for CISE doctoral programs and CSGrad4US, please refer to the CSGrad4US Mentoring Program page.


Webpage last updated October 25, 2022.