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Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Fellowships to USA Graduate Students
for Degrees in STEM and STEM Education

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

10/22/20 5:00 PM Local Time of Applicant's Mailing Address - for Life Sciences applications only

Description:

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Fellowships to USA and territories students to support research in the fields of science, technology, education, and mathematics. Priority will be given proposals in the areas of artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and computationally intensive research. Applications are encouraged in all disciplines supported by NSF that incorporate these high priority research areas. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. 

A full list of eligible fields of study can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20587/nsf20587.pdf#page=14.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181918

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$138,000

Number of Grants:

1,600

Estimated Size of Grant:

SF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution of higher education for each Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year.

Term of Contract:

Applicants who are offered and accept the Fellowship must be ready to begin graduate program in the fall immediately after you being awarded the Fellowship. Each Fellowship provides three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based master's or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
- Have never previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship
- If previously offered a Graduate Research Fellowship, have declined by the acceptance deadline
- Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
- Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
- Have never earned a master's or professional degree (see joint bachelor's-master's degree information below) in any field, or completed more than one academic year in a graduate degree-granting program, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline.
- Not be a current NSF employee

Information about ineligible degree programs, ineligible areas of study, and ineligible proposed research can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20587/nsf20587.pdf#page=7.

Confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program in STEM or STEM education is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, no later than the deadline indicated in the fellowship offer letter, of the year the Fellowship is accepted. Prospective Fellows must enroll in a nonprofit university, college, or institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM and STEM education no later than fall of the year the Fellowship is accepted. All Fellows from the date of Fellowship Start through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be enrolled in a graduate degree-granting institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

For ineligible fields of study please see: https://www.nsf.gov/ehr/Pubs/grfpoutreach2020.pdf#page=18

Pre-Application Information:

Deadlines: (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant's mailing address)
- October 19, 2020, Life Sciences
- October 20, 2020, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
- October 21, 2020, Engineering
- October 22, 2020, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Reference letters are due October 30 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). The anticipated announcement date for the Fellowship awards is early April each year.

Applicants must register with Research.gov (https://www.research.gov/grfp/Login.do) prior to submitting an application.

Only one application per person per annual competition.

The Fellowship award is made to the institution of higher education at which a Fellow is enrolled and the institution is responsible for the disbursement of the stipend to the Fellow.

FAQs: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19081/nsf19081.jsp

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://www.research.gov/grfp/Login.do

Inquiries regarding this program should be made to one of the below Program Directors:
- Christopher Hill: (866) 673-4737 or info@nsfgrfp.org
- Jong-on Hahm: (866) 673-4737 or info@nsfgrfp.org
- Dr. Narcrisha S. Norman: (866) 673-4737 or info@nsfgrfp.org

For technical assistance: NSF Help Desk: Fastlane@nsf.gov; 1-800-673-6188

CFDA Number:

47.041 - Engineering / 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 - Geosciences / 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 - Biological Sciences / 47.075 - Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 - Education and Human Resources / 47.079 - Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 - Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 19-590

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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