National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Late October 2017*

Open to:  Seniors and first- and second-year graduate students
Award type: Academic
Area(s) of study:  STEM fields, STEM Education, Social Sciences (public health, clinic areas of study, medical and dental programs, and practice-oriented degree programs are not eligible)**
Award criteria: academic achievement; research
Award provides: A three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution).
Open to international students: No

Eligibility Criteria:

  • By Fall 2018, applicants must be enrolled in an eligible Master’s or PhD program in an NSF-supported field** in the U.S., but have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2017; students may apply for the NSFGRFP concurrently with graduate school applications

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM and social science disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Proposed research is evaluated on the NSF’s two merit criteria: Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. Applicants must have an outstanding academic record, significant previous research experience or publications, and coursework and professional experiences that support a clearly delineated research program and career trajectory.

Application components:

  • Application form
  • Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement
  • Graduate Research Plan Statement
  • 3 Reference Letters
  • Transcripts

If you are interested in applying, download the application procedures. This award does not require Emory endorsement. For more information and to apply, visit

NEW this year: NSF GRFP Application Workshop Series

This year, in partnership with the Emory Writing Center and Undergraduate Research Programs, the National Scholarships & Fellowships Program is excited to pilot a new workshop series to provide support and mentorship to students who are interested in applying to the NSF GRFP. The workshop series consists of two meetings that will take place a week apart.

  • The Thursday workshop series will take place on Thursday evenings: October 12 and October 19, from 5:30 to 7:00pm
  • The Monday workshop series will take place on Monday evenings: October 16 and October 23, from 6:00 to 7:30pm
  • You only need to attend one series—either Monday OR Thursday for two weeks
  • Dinner will be included each week for workshop participants

Space is limited! Register by Wednesday, October 11 here:

*Fields have individual deadlines that fall between October 23 and October 27, 2017. To determine the specific deadline for the field to which you are applying, visit

**For a complete list of NSF-supported fields and disciplines, visit