About Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) at accredited US institutionsRefer to the NSF GRFP program page for guidelines, announcements, and other programmatic information.

Sign in to GRFP module

The GRFP module and supporting systems allow for:

  • Applicants to apply to the GRFP through an online application available in the application module. Applicants can complete, review, and check the status of their application through this module. The annual application period opens in late July each year and closes in mid-October.
  • Reference Writers to submit letters of reference for GRFP Applicants through the Reference Letter Submission (RLS) module in Research.gov. All reference letters must be submitted to NSF by the deadline in October.
  • Reviewers to evaluate assigned applications online based on NSF’s merit review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Review panels are conducted virtually each year in January.
  • Graduate Research Fellows to manage their Fellowship Status and report the progress of their graduate studies via an annual activity report submitted online in the Fellows module. Fellowship Offers are announced annually in late March/early April. New Fellows must accept their award and declare their Fellowship Status by the deadline published in the Fellowship Offer letter. Current Fellows are notified by email of the deadline to submit their Annual Activity Report and declare their Fellowship Status.
  • GRFP Officials to manage the activities of Fellows at their institution. Officials approve change requests in Fellowship Status and field of study as well as Fellowship institution transfers through the GRFP Officials module. GRFP Officials are required to submit Completion and Program Expense Reports for current Fellows at their institutions each Fall. Officials certify progress and submit Grants Roster Reports for all Fellows at their institutions each Spring.
Useful Resources
GRFP UsersResource Links
Reference Writers
GRFP Fellows
GRFP Officials

More information

  • GRFP Frequently Asked Questions
  • Reference the GRFP site for detailed information about program eligibility and application requirements. This site also has information for Reviews and links to the Reviewer Registration site.
  • Reference Account Resources for help registering, logging in and managing your profile in Research.gov. All GRFP Applicants, Fellows, Reference Writers, Reviewers, and Officials must register and sign in to Research.gov to access their respective functions.
  • If these resources have not addressed your needs, please reference the GRFP Contact page.