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National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Application Deadlines:
October 16, 2023: Life Sciences
October 17, 2023: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Material Research, Psychology, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
October 19, 2023: Engineering
October 20, 2023: Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Open to:  Seniors, recent alumni who have not yet started graduate school, 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
Institutional Support or Endorsement Required: No

  • By Fall 2022, 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 of the year of application; students may apply for the NSF GRFP 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, including STEM education, 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 are reviewed on their demonstrated potential to advance knowledge and to make significant research achievements and contributions to their fields throughout their careers.

**Eligible fields can be found in the appendix of the program solicitation.

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

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




  • Jillybeth Burgado ('15C) Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology; Religion
  • Mandy Mei-Ying Chan ('16OX '18C) Chemistry
  • Ellen Dymit ('19C) Environmental Sciences, Biology
  • Elliot Hicks ('20C) Chemistry, German Studies
  • Deandre Miles-Hercules ('18C) Linguistics


  • Katya Bobrek ('19C)  Anthropology; Human Biology
  • Clara Perez ('17C) Sociology


  • Liz O'Gorman ('18C) Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
  • Tristan Yates ('18C) Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
If you are interested in learning more about the application process and recommended timeline, visit our main Canvas course.

If you are not currently enrolled in our Canvas course, you may self enroll.
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