Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

National Science Foundation (NSF)


Grant amount: US $138,000

Deadline: Oct 26, 2018

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student Graduate Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Expand all

Location of citizenship: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Expand all

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 1 year of starting their degree

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Overview:

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a National Science Foundation-wide program that provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education. 

The program goals are:

  • to select, recognize, and financially support, early in their careers, individuals with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and
  • to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthrough discoveries in science and engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education that takes into account individual interests and competencies. A holistic plan describes the experiences, attributes, and academic achievements that, when considered in combination, show how the applicant has demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in STEM or in STEM education. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of her or his relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate this potential for significant achievements.

NSF awards $46,000 each year to the GRFP institution to cover the Fellow stipend and cost-of-education allowance for each NSF Graduate Research Fellow "on tenure" at the institution. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship stipend is $34,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in monthly increments of $2,833. The institutional cost-of-education allowance is $12,000 per tenure year per Fellow.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline.
    • The term "national" designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa.
    • It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for United States citizenship and who has not received U.S. citizenship by the application deadline.
  • Degree requirements:
    • Undergraduates or post baccalaureates not enrolled in graduate school and who will have adequate preparation to attend graduate school in the fall that begins after they apply to GRFP
    • Graduate students who have not completed more than 12 months of a graduate program in a supported field of study
    • For additional guidelines to determine eligibility, see Additional Eligibility Info: Degree Requirements.
  • Graduate study location:
    • Prospective Fellows must enroll in a university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM or STEM education no later than fall of the year the award is accepted.
    • All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Field of study:
    • Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. An individual's proposed research and graduate study must be in a STEM field or in STEM education.
    • Fellows must enroll in a graduate degree program consistent with the relevant field of study proposed in their application and to undertake a course of study leading to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.
  • Number of times individuals may apply:
    • As an undergraduate:
      • Individuals may apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training.
    • As a graduate student:
      • Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.
      • An exception is provided for first-year graduate students who applied in Fall 2015 to the 2016 GRFP competition; these individuals may apply a second time in Fall 2016, if they are otherwise eligible.
    • As an individual returning to graduate education:
      • Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study or have earned a previous graduate or professional degree are eligible only if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1 of the year the application is submitted. To be eligible, applicants must have completed no additional graduate study by August 1 of that year.
    • An eligible applicant may submit only one application per annual competition.

Preferences:

  • NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

Ineligibility:

  • Ineligible applicants:
    • Those who do not hold United States citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
    • Those who were previously awarded a Fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
    • Those who did not accept the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and failed to notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
    • Those who have completed the requirements for any graduate or professional degree by August 1 of the year the application is submitted, except:
      • Applicants who have completed a joint baccalaureate-master's (BS/MS) program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program unless the graduate coursework was required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching
      • Applicants that have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1 of the year the application is submitted and have completed no additional graduate study as of August 1 of the year the application is submitted.
    • Current NSF employees.
  • Ineligible fields of study:
    • Practice-oriented professional degree program such as medical, dental, law, and public health. Examples of typically ineligible degree programs include MBA, MPH, MSW, JD, MD, and DDS.
    • Joint or combined professional degree-science programs (e.g., MD/PhD or JD/PhD) and dual professional degree-science programs
    • Applicants who will be enrolled in a graduate degree program while on a leave of absence from a professional degree program or professional degree/graduate degree joint program are not eligible
    • Area of graduate study focused on clinical practice, for example, counseling, social work, as well as patient-oriented research, epidemiological and medical behavioral studies, outcomes research and health services research. Ineligible clinical studies include 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.
    • Graduate study focused on community and other population-based medical intervention trials.
    • Biomedical research for which the goals are directly healthrelated, such as etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in humans and other animals
    • Research activities using animal models of disease, for developing or testing of drugs or other procedures for treatment of disease, and statistical modeling for which the purpose is diagnosis or epidemiology