NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation provides support for three years of graduate study in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) as well as eligible social science fields or STEM education leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree.  Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,00 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, 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.

Awards website:


Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.  Seniors in college or graduates may apply but must demonstrate preparedness to enter an eligible program in the year of the award; graduate students in eligible programs who have not completed more than 12 months of study may also apply.  See foundation guidelines for specific eligibility requirements including eligible research fields.

Typical Deadline:

Deadlines vary by field of study; applications typically due in October.