NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Resources

“The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program 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.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.”

(from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program website). 

This prestigious fellowship program offers great research opportunities. Fellows receive a three-year research fellowship within an annual stipend of $32,000 and a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees which is paid to the institution.  In addition, there are excellent opportunities for international research and professional development.


NSF Resources

NSF GRFP  http://www.nsfgrfp.org

Information for Reference Writers


School Resources:

Associate Dean Mulligan’s Workshop Presentation

Dr. Marc Benson’s Presentation on Broader Impacts

Associate Dean Mulligan’s Guidelines for Faculty Letters of Support

Campus Resources:

UCI Graduate Division


University Institutional Resources:

Cornell University – GRFP Resource

University of Colorado – GRFP Resource

University of Minnesota – GRFP Resource

University of Missouri – GRFP Resource