Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Application Guidelines

BEFORE YOU START:

Check the brief guidelines below. See Solicitation for official requirements. Applications not meeting official requirements in the GRFP Solicitation will

NOT BE REVIEWED.

ELIGIBILITY:

Applicant: All rules apply

You

US citizen, US permanent resident, or US national

Proposed Grad Institution

Full-time enrollment beginning Fall 2022 at accredited US academic institution in the US, its territories, possessions, and Puerto Rico. NO FOREIGN INSTITUTIONS.

Approved Field of Study

Check Approved Fields of Study (in Solicitation Appendix). Ineligible fields of study include disease-oriented, biomedical, health, counseling, and others.

Approved Degree Program

Research-based STEM Master's and Doctoral degrees. No professional or joint professional degrees (e.g., MD, MPH, MBA, JD, DDS, DVM, MSW, MD/PhD, JD/PhD)


Academic Level: Only one level can apply
Applicants can apply multiple times as Level 1 OR 4. Applicants can apply once as Level 2 or 3.

Academic Level

Description

Level

Undergraduate Student

Current senior; never enrolled in a graduate degree program, ready to enroll full-time by Fall 2023.

Level 1

Not Enrolled: Bachelor's Degree, no graduate degre

Completed a Bachelor's degree; never enrolled in a graduate program; ready to enroll full-time by Fall 2023

Level 1

Joint Bachelor's-Master's Student

Currently enrolled in a joint Bachelor's-Master's program; applicants enrolled in a Bachelor's-Master's program are considered Graduate Students. Concurrent enrollment in BS/MS program and both degrees awarded at the same time as indicated on the transcript.

Level 2

Graduate Student: First Year

Current first-year graduate student in eligible Field of Study at a US academic institution

Level 2

Graduate Student: Matriculated Directly from Joint Bachelor's-Master's Program

Joint Bachelor's-Master's degree holders who progressed to a doctoral program the semester following award of joint degree (summer break acceptable), must apply as first-year doctoral students (Level 2) and may not have previously applied

Level 3

Graduate Student: Second Year

No more than one academic year of graduate study in eligible Field of Study at US academic institution (Fall 2021 or later start date)

Level 3

Not Enrolled: Returning Graduate Student

Holds a Master's degree; not currently enrolled in graduate school AND has not enrolled in graduate school since Fall 2019. Does not hold a terminal (doctoral) degree.

Level 4


APPLICATION PREPARATION:

Format compliance: All rules apply

Paper size

8.5"x11"

Font

Times New Roman for all text, Cambria Math font for equations, and Symbol font for non-alphabetic characters (it is recommended that equations and symbols be inserted as an image), no smaller than 11-pt, except text that is part of an image

Spacing

No less than single spacing (approximately 6 lines per inch)

Margins

1" margins on all sides, no text inside 1" margins (no header, footer, or page number)

Templates

See Personal Statement template, Graduate Research Plan template


BEFORE YOU SUBMIT Application: All steps apply

Personal Profile

Fill in all required fields.

Personal Statement

3 pages (PDF, see Personal Statement template)

Graduate Research Plan

2 pages, including references (PDF, see Graduate Research Plan template)

Transcripts

From ALL degree institutions (class schedule from current institution). Must include at least one transcript. Transcripts must not be encrypted.

Reference Writers

Three or more reference writer names (two letters are required).

Deadlines

NO extensions or exceptions. NO materials accepted by email.

CLICK Sign and Submit

Check for confirmation email. Check View Application Package Status to confirm receipt at NSF before 5:00 p.m. Local Time of applicant's mailing address.

Download your application

You're done!

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED.