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The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides support to outstanding early graduate students in science (including social science), technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The NSF GRF is a prestigious fellowship that has been awarded since 1952 with the goal of supporting the next generation of “knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.”

Is NSF GRF the Right Fit for You?

What are they looking for?

The NSF GRF supports early graduate students who show the potential for outstanding STEM research careers.  Strong applicants will demonstrate both ‘intellectual merit’ and ‘broader impact’.

What does this fellowship include?

The NSF GRF provides three years of support and includes a stipend for living expenses and funds for tuition and fees. Fellows also have access to special opportunities for professional development and international research.

Who is eligible to apply?

The NSF GRF supports early graduate students who are US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents in STEM fields (including the social sciences) who are pursuing a research-based master’s or Ph.D.

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When should I apply?

You may apply only once as a graduate student, in either your first or second year of graduate study.  The deadlines for the 2018 competition can be found here.

Ready to apply? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.

GradFund Resources for your NSF GRF Application

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Step-By-Step Tutorial

The GradFund NSF GRF will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your application. From getting to know the NSF to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will help get you there.

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Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor for a ‘Help with a Funder’ or ‘Application Essay Conference’ meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.

NSF GRF Proposal Writing Tutorial

We have developed the NSF GRF tutorial to assist you in the development of a NSF GRF application. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the NSF GRF application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application.

Proposal Writing 101

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