NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


 Deadlines: (received by 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time):

     November 04, 2013:  Engineering;

Computer and Information Science and Engineering

Materials Research

     November 05, 2013: Mathematical Sciences


Physics and Astronomy

     November 07, 2013: Social Sciences;


STEM Education and Learning

     November 08, 2013: Life Sciences


Summary: The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Stipend: $32,000; Cost of Education Allowance:  $12,000

 Eligiblity: There are three eligibility requirements for the GRFP:

(1) citizenship,

(2) graduate plan of study degree requirements, and

(3) field of study.

 1. Citizenship: must be US citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the US by the application deadline. The term “national” designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, United States Virgin Islands, or the Northern Mariana Islands. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for United States citizenship.

2. Degree Requirements: Guidelines for determining eligibility according to the degree requirements criterion are:

  • Have adequate preparation to begin graduate study and research by summer or fall 2014. e.g., receipt of a bachelor’s degree in a science or engineering field earned prior to fall 2014.
  • Individuals are typically eligible to apply:
    • During the senior year of college
    • After graduating from college and prior to entering graduate school
    • During the first year of graduate school
    • Prior to completing the fall term of the second year of graduate school.
  • Applicants must have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as of August 1, 2013. Full-time graduate study is as defined by the universities attended. There is no credit hour limit for students who have completed only full-time graduate study; eligibility for full-time students is based on the length of time enrolled in the graduate program.
  • Applicants who have completed part-time graduate study (or a combination of part-time and full-time graduate study) must have completed no more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours or their equivalent as of August 1, 2013.
  • All post-baccalaureate, graduate-level study is counted toward the allowed 12 months of completed graduate study. This includes all master’s and doctoral programs.

Applicants in joint BS/MS programs are typically eligible to apply prior to completion of any further graduate study.

  • In four-year joint programs, applicants may apply in the fourth year and after completion of the program. Completion of any graduate study outside of the joint program disqualifies an applicant.
  • In five-year joint programs, applicants may apply in the fourth and fifth years of the program and after completion of the program. Completion of any further graduate study outside of the joint program disqualifies an applicant.

3. Field of Study.  Graduate study leading to research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the fields of science and engineering supported by the National Science Foundation (See Fields of Study, Appendix and the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide). The guidelines below should be used to assess eligibility according to the field of study criterion.

·        An individual’s proposed research and graduate study must both be in fields within NSF’s mission (see Fields of Study in the Appendix). Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship according to the following criteria.

INELIGIBLE: The following programs, areas of graduate study, and research are ineligible:

  • Practice-oriented professional degree programs, joint professional degree-science programs (MD/PhD and JD/PhD), or medical, dental, law, and public health programs are not eligible. Examples of typical ineligible degree programs include MBA, MPH, MSW, and ED.
  • Clinical (see below), counseling, business administration or management, social work, education (except in science and engineering education in an NSF-supported discipline), or history (except in history of science) areas of graduate study are not supported.
    • Clinical study that is ineligible includes patient-oriented research, epidemiological and behavioral studies, outcomes research and health services research. For example, clinical study that is ineligible includes investigations to provide evidence leading to a scientific basis for consideration of a change in health policy or standard of care, and includes pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and behavioral interventions for disease prevention, prophylaxis, diagnosis, or therapy. Community and other population-based intervention trials are also ineligible.

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