NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program


The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding American graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s or doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. GRFP Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.


  • U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Senior, recent alumnus/a, first-, or second-year graduate student
  • Students may apply once as a senior or recent alumnus/a and once as a graduate student; questions regarding eligibility can be sent to Jessica Hoffman (gsfellowships@psu.edu)
  • Students completing an integrated undergraduate-graduate degree program must apply in their fourth year of study are limited to one application to GRFP (eligibility specifics here and in Section IV of the Solicitation)
  • Have never earned a master’s or professional degree in any field

Application Materials: 

  • A completed application
  • Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals Statement (three pages)
  • Graduate Research Plan Statement (two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts

Application Procedure:

National Application Deadline - October 16 to 20, 2023 (Varies by Discipline)

Applications must be submitted directly using the online application system.

Year at Time of Application: 
Senior or Beyond, Grad Student
Duration of Award: 
Full Year or More
No Preference, Graduate Study, Research
Direct Submission
Area of Interest: 
Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Environmental and Geosciences, Life Sciences, Information Technology and Computer Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Statistics
Earliest Application Deadline: 
Sept. – Dec.
Penn-State Sponsored: 
Fellowship Components: 
Graduate School