Syracuse University

Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising

National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

About the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Fellows benefit from 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), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Location of award, if applicable:

Eligible applicants:

– intend to pursue a research-based MA or PhD program in an NSF-supported field.
– are undergraduate seniors or graduate students who have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study.

University endorsement required?


Citizenship requirement:

U.S. citizen or permanent resident

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship application process:

Review the official GRFP solicitation that is released in late July/early August to gain a better understanding of the application process and eligibility requirements and to determine whether this scholarship is a good fit for your academic background and career goals. Discuss your interest and plans to apply with your mentor(s) and a CFSA advisor.

Plan to attend the NSF GRFP interest session organized by CFSA in early fall.

The FastLane application portal opens in early August. Create an account to start working in your application.

Application components include:
– personal, relevant background and future goals statement,
– graduate research plan statement,
– three reference letters,
– transcript(s).

Plan to attend campus writing workshops organized by CFSA to receive feedback on your essays.

Complete the entire application, including uploading your transcript and your final statements, and submit 1-2 days before your discipline’s deadline.

Application deadlines are in October. Specific dates vary by discipline.

Interested? Contact CFSA for more information on how to get started!

Advising contact:

Jolynn Parker  Email: More Information:

Enter any terms you are interested, such as “Government” or “Biotechnology”,