The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards. Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education. The NSF highly encourages minority students to apply. Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study at any appropriate, accredited, non-profit U.S. institution or appropriate international institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering is considered eligible. 

Students strongly considering an application should view the powerpoint presentation and video-recordings of the Information Session that took place on Wednesday, September 7. A two-part NSF Grant-Writing Workshop also is being on Friday, September 23 (Part 1) and October 14 (Part 2). Registration required.


  • Three (3) years of stipend, currently $34,000 per year, disbursed over a five-year period while student is on "active" tenure.
  • $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the home institution per year of "active" tenure.
  • Opportunities for international research through GROW and federal internships through GRIP
  • Supercomputing resources through XSEDE

Fellowships cannot be held or combined concurrently with other federal or government-funded fellowships (e.g., Boren, Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, SMART, etc.)


  • U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents
  • Undergraduate senior, a college graduate entering or preparing to begin graduate school
  • Joint baccalaureate/master's (B.S./M.S.) degree candidates in either their final year or following completion of their program
  • Graduate student, including those in joint B.S./M.S. programs, with the following conditions:
    • Limited to only one application submitted either in the first or second year of graduate school, with the exception of first-year applicants from the 2016 cycle (Fall 2015) who may apply a second time if otherwise eligible
    • Have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate, post-baccalaureate graduate, or professional study by August 1, 2016. Pre-graduate participation in summer activities such as bridge programs, field studies, and lab rotations offered by a graduate program prior to the start of the fall graduate program does not factor into the 12 month total.
  • ​Applicants with more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or those with a graduate or professional degree are eligible only if:
    • Graduate study or degree occurred as part of a joint baccalaureate-master's (B.S./M.S.) program and the applicant has not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program with the exception of coursework required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching. The Bachelor's degree must be conferred before fall of the award year; any graduate coursework taken outside the joint-degree program disqualifies the applicant unless the coursework is necessary to maintain professional credentials.
    • There is an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1, 2016 and the applicant has not completed additional graduate study by August 1, 2016. Reasons for interruption in graduate study must be addressed in the "Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement.
  • Applicants enrolled Part-time or a combination of full- and part-time are eligible to apply if they have not completed more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours or their equivalent.


  • Chemistry
  • Computer & Information Science & Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences
  • Materials Research
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics & Astronomy
  • Psychology - except clinical or counseling
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM Education & Learning Research
  • Other: see full list of fields in the Appendix of the 2017 program solicitation


  • M.D./Ph.D., J.D./Ph.D. and other joint professional degree-science programs
  • Medical, dental, law, and public health programs
  • M.B.A., M.P.H., M.S.W., J.D., M.D., D.D.S. and other practice-oriented professional degree programs 
  • Clinical study of any kind, including patient-centered research or research with disease-related goals. Eligible exceptions:
    • bioengineering research with diagnosis or treatment specific goals which apply engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine;
    • bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities
  • Other ineligible fields of study: consult Appendix of the 2017 program solicitation



The Fastlane application consists of the following:

  • Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals Statement (2-page maximum)*
  • Graduate Research Statement (3-page maximum)*
  • Undergraduate and Graduate (if applicable) Transcripts
  • Three (3) Letters of Reference (uploaded separately to Fastlane by selected referees)

*Applications, and specifically the two statements, will be evaluated according to the NSF's stated "Broader Impacts" and "Intellectual Merit" criteria. Familiarity with these criteria is strongly encouraged. Applicants are advised to read the 2017 program solicitation and to attend the Information Session on September 7 and the Grant-Writing Workshop Series scheduled for September 23-October 14. Early consultation with advisors, letter writers, and Maria Snyder, Coordinating Official, and review of the below Applicant Resources strongly advised. 


The 2017 application must be submitted in FastLane no later than 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by applicant's mailing address, on the following dates:

  • October 24: Geosciences, Life Sciences
  • October 25: Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
  • October 27: Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education & Learning
  • October 28: Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy

Letters of reference are due no later than 5:00 p.m. (ET) on November 3.

Information Session

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences hosted an information session on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 to encourage and support applications to the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The information session opened with a presentation by William J. Hahn, former GRFP program officer at the NSF and affiliated faculty in both the Biology department and the Science and Technology in International Affairs (STIA) program at Georgetown. Dr. Hahn began with an overview of the program and applicant requirements, emphasizing the new FY2017 eligibility criteria, and provided guidance on how to competitively frame the statements to complement the agency’s funding priorities. The presentation concluded with a panel of current fellows who shared their experience on the application process, and in particular the statement writing, based on their individual experiences. The session concluded with a Q&A with Dr. Hahn and the panelists. The information session powerpoint presentation and video-recordings are available below:

Grant-Writing Workshop Series

Part 1: Overview of the Grant-Writing Process for GRFP Applicants
Friday, September 23 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Center, Lauinger Library
Limit: 25

RSVP to Maria Snyder by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 22

Part 2: Roundtable Discussion and Critique of Statements
Friday, October 14 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Writing Center, Lauinger Library
Limit: 25 (ideally, but not exclusively, intended for those who attended Part 1)

RSVP to Maria Snyder by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13

Special Session: Open-Writing with Individual Assistance from Writing Center Tutors
Friday, September 30 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Writing Center, Lauinger Library
Limit: 25

RSVP to Maria Snyder by 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29

Applicant Resources


  •, the application processing center, is a great resource for applicants and referees
  • Webinar video of 2015 GRFP Overview provided by NSF Program Directors



Please refer all questions regarding the above resources or the GRFP to Maria Snyder, GU Coordinating Official.