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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program  (GRFP)  NSF Wide Programs

Name Email Phone Room
Susan  Brennan (866) 673-4737   
Erick  Jones (866) 673-4737   
Gisele  Muller-Parker (866) 673-4737   

The Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center is responsible for processing applications and responding to requests for information.  General inquiries regarding the Graduate Research Fellowship Program should be made to:

Graduate Research Fellowship Operations Center, telephone: 866-NSF-GRFP, 866-673-4737 (toll-free from the US and Canada) or 202-331-3542 (international). email:



Solicitation  16-588

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 23, 2017

        Life Sciences, Geosciences

    October 24, 2017

        Computer and information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research

    October 26, 2017

        Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

    October 27, 2017

        Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Application Deadline(s) (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant’s mailing address):    

Fields of Study

2016 Deadlines

2017 Deadlines

2018 Deadlines

Life Sciences, Geosciences

October 24 (Monday)

October 23 (Monday)

October 22 (Monday)

Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research

October 25 (Tuesday)

October 24 (Tuesday)

October 23 (Tuesday)

Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

October 27 (Thursday)

October 26 (Thursday)

October 25 (Thursday)

Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

October 28 (Friday)

October 27 (Friday)

October 26 (Friday)

Reference Letter Submission

November 3 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. ET

November 2 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. ET

November 1 (Thursday), 5:00 p.m. ET


The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students . Individuals interested in applying for funding should see the program guidelines above.

FAQs for Applicants

FAQs for Reference Writers

FAQs if you are already a Graduate Research Fellow

Administrative Guide for Fellows and Coordinating Officials

Official NSF web site describing the GRF Program

Non-NSF website with comprehensive information on how to apply, eligibility, phone numbers and email addresses

FAQs for Coordinating Officials

List of Fellows and Honorable Mentions

Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW)

Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP)

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)