The NSF GRFP Fellowship is a federal fellowship that aims to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and technological workforce in the U.S. It is a multi-year, portable award for students in the following fields: Mathematical Sciences, Physical Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Engineering, Biological Sciences (except disease diagnosis and treatment- or cure-oriented work), most Social Sciences, and some Humanities (such as linguistics and history/philosophy of science). U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or nationals may apply during the senior year of college, prior to or during the first year of graduate school, and at the beginning of the second year of graduate school. Applicants can not have completed more than 12 months of graduate study at the time of application. Each Fellowship consists of three years of support usable over a five-year period. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $37,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $16,000 to the degree-granting institution.


Graduate students are only allowed to apply to the program once (in their first or second year), so should consult with their advisors as to the ideal time to apply. UChicago graduate students should contact for assistance.

NSF actively encourages women, persons who are members of groups historically underrepresented in STEM, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

2023 Deadlines

  • October 16, 2023 (Monday): Life Sciences
  • October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Materials Research
  • October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Psychology
  • October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): Social Sciences
  • October 17, 2023 (Tuesday): STEM Education and Learning Research
  • October 19, 2023 (Thursday): Engineering
  • October 20, 2023 (Friday): Chemistry
  • October 20, 2023 (Friday): Geosciences
  • October 20, 2023 (Friday): Mathematical Sciences
  • October 20, 2023 (Friday): Physics and Astronomy
  • Watch this brief introductory video about the application process.

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