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The 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.


Financial support

The fellowship includes a $34,000-per-year stipend for three years. Additionally, each fellow receives a tuition scholarship via a cost-of-education allowance that is awarded to the graduate institution. After a year of graduate study, fellows become eligible to apply for international research funding support through Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) and Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). Access to supercomputing resources, supplemental funding for researchers with disabilities, and a provision for family medical leave are also offered. Fellows are free to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.



The 2019 competition contains the official eligibility guidelines for the upcoming competition. All applicants must read the Program Solicitation and understand the eligibility guidelines.

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident
  • intend to pursue a research-based master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • expect to be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a U.S. campus, by fall 2018


Field of study

The following fields are eligible: biological sciences, computer science, engineering, chemistry, geosciences, information science, social sciences, life sciences, mathematical science, materials science, psychology, physics and astronomy, or STEM education and learning. Interdisciplinary research is also possible. Not eligible: professional practice degrees — see details in the GRFP solicitation.


For more information

For more information, contact Gretchen Mahler, associate professor of biomedical engineering and associate dean of the Graduate School. She is Binghamton's liaison to the NSF GRFP Program.


Additional resources:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Solicitation
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website 

Binghamton University Launches the Presidential Distinguished Student Research Award for NSF GRFP Recipients 


Register for SUNY Webinar series on preparing your NSF CAREER application
Binghamton University Spring 2019 workshop Materials

Slides from 2019 Workshop

Broader Impacts of Your Proposal

Graduate Research Worksheet
GRFP Workshop 
Resources for NSF GRFP Applications



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Last Updated: 8/26/19