Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Individual Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

National Science Foundation (NSF)

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Next deadline: Dec 3, 2024

Later deadlines: Dec 2, 2025, Dec 1, 2026, Dec 7, 2027, Dec 5, 2028

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500,000

Fields of work: STEM/STEAM Education

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Fellowship, Research

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


NOTE: This solicitation may be changing deadlines from March (previously) to December. Confirmation with program officers is occurring and deadlines will be updated accordingly.

This solicitation replaces solicitation NSF 22-531 that supported individual fellowship awards, single institutional projects, and collaborative institutional projects. Beginning in fiscal year 2023, the STEM Ed PRF Program will conduct two competitions using separate solicitations. This solicitation applies to Individual Fellowship proposals only.

All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

The Directorate for STEM Education (EDU) STEM Education Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (STEM Ed PRF) Program funds postdoctoral fellowship projects designed to enhance the research knowledge, skills, and practices of STEM Education research by recent doctoral graduates in STEM, STEM Education, Education, and related disciplines.

This solicitation supports individual postdoctoral fellowship awards; a companion solicitation (STEM Ed OPRF) supports organizational postdoctoral fellowship programs. The STEM Ed PRF Program as a whole seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. The Program is designed to support postdoctoral fellows engaged in experiences that will advance their career goals by developing their expertise, skills, and competencies to conduct fundamental STEM education research. Principal Investigators who are women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and from groups underrepresented in STEM, or who have attended community colleges and minority-serving institutions (e.g., Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, Alaska Native Serving Institutions, and Hawaiian Native and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions) are especially encouraged to apply.

STEM Ed IPRF awards provide direct support to Fellows to enable them to engage in ongoing research, to develop independent research, and to implement an independent professional development plan under the guidance of a sponsoring researcher. Fellows must affiliate with an appropriate host organization and are expected to devote themselves full time to the fellowship activities for the duration of the fellowship.

Fellowship proposals must be submitted directly by the fellowship candidate to NSF. Each fellowship proposer must identify a sponsoring researcher(s) and must affiliate with a U.S. host organization. Appropriate primary host organizations include:

  • Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) Two-and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S., acting on behalf of their faculty members.
  • Non-profit, Non-Academic Organizations Independent museums, observatories, research laboratories, professional societies and similar organizations located in the U.S. that are directly associated with educational research activities.

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