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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program  (GRFP) NSF Wide Programs

Revision Notes

NSF will continue to fund outstanding Fellowships in all areas of science and engineering supported by NSF, including the high priority research areas of Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Information Science, and Computationally Intensive Research.  Applications are encouraged in all disciplines supported by NSF that incorporate these high priority research areas.

GRFP 2021 Program and Application Information

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.  A video presentation on details of the program, and the application process, is available and may be downloaded in PDF format.  Please see the GRFP Solicitation NSF 20-587 for more details on the program.

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Contact:  GRF Operations Center (866) 673-4737   


Solicitation  21-602


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 18, 2021

        Life Sciences

    October 19, 2021

        Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

    October 21, 2021


    October 22, 2021

        Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy


The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time 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 over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, 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.


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