National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: Late October 2018*

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

For more information and to register your interest in the NSF GRFP, complete the NS&FP Postgraduate Programs Interest Form.

You can also make an appointment with a National Scholarships and Fellowships Program advisor. We will help you determine your eligibility and, if you choose to apply, provide feedback on your application.

This award does not require Emory endorsement. For more information and to apply, visit

*Fields have individual deadlines that fall in late October or early November. 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