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Graduate Research Fellowship Program


Welcome to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

GRFP Fellows: There is a new sign-in process with steps you must complete to access the GRFP Module to manage your fellowship activities online. Follow the instructions in the Fellow User Guide to Access the GRFP Module available here.

GRFP Applicants: There is a new sign-in process with steps you must complete to access the GRFP Module to start your fellowship application.

Applicants include those who previously applied and new Applicants without existing GRFP accounts. Previous Applicants only need to register in if they are reapplying to the GRFP.

Here's what GRFP Applicants must do:

1. Register for a new NSF account in (one-time process).
  • Applicants should follow the registration instructions in the Applicant User Guide to Access the GRFP Module available here.
2. Sign in to
  • Sign in Option #1:
  • Open
  • Click Sign In located at the top right of the screen to enter NSF account credentials.
  • From the My Desktop page, select the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (Applicants, Fellows) link in the Fellowships tile.
  • Sign in Option #2:
  • Open the GRFP Sign In page.
  • Click the Sign In to button.
  • Enter NSF account credentials.
3. Complete One-time Linking Action (previous GRFP Applicants only).
  • If previous Applicants choose to use a different email address from the one they currently use on their GRFP account, they will be navigated to a GRFP screen where they will complete a one-time process to link GRFP account information with their new NSF account.

Training Resources
A guide with step-by-step instructions and associated screenshots as well as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available here.

NSF GRFP Competition Results

Award Offers and Honorable Mentions List

Applicant Deadlines

Applications Must Be Received by 5:00 p.m. Local Time of applicant's mailing address

October 17, 2022 (Monday): Life Sciences

October 18, 2022 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering

October 18, 2022 (Tuesday): Materials Research

October 18, 2022 (Tuesday): Psychology

October 18, 2022 (Tuesday): Social Sciences

October 18, 2022 (Tuesday): STEM Education and Learning Research

October 20, 2022 (Thursday): Engineering

October 21, 2022 (Friday): Chemistry

October 21, 2022 (Friday): Geosciences

October 21, 2022 (Friday): Mathematical Sciences

October 21, 2022 (Friday): Physics and Astronomy

Withdrawal Deadline

November 15, 2022 (Tuesday): Application Withdrawal

You can withdraw your application anytime. November 15 is the last date to withdraw your application and not have it count towards the number of times to apply to GRFP.

Reference Submission Deadline

Reference Letters Must be Submitted by October 28, 2022 (Friday) 5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME

Reference Writers, note: You will be provided a new login to submit a reference letter.

October 28, 2022 (Friday) 5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME Submit Reference Letter.

Accessibility Assistance

If you require accessibility assistance to prepare your application, notify the GRF Operations Center at least four (4) weeks in advance of your application deadline dates

Applicant and Reference Writer Assistance

For technical questions about this application module; e.g., login problems or system unavailability/error messages, please contact the NSF Help Desk at 1-800-381-1532 or

For additional information about preparing your application please visit
NOTE: You are leaving the NSF system to visit an external website.

Applicants and reference writers may also reach out directly to the GRF Operations Center with questions about the application and reference writer process. Questions should be directed to:
GRF Operations Center
Phone: 866-NSF-GRFP (866-673-4737)
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME

Current Fellows and GRFP Officials Assistance

If you have TECHNICAL problems accessing your fellowship information or Coordinating Official functions please click here