About the Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 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.

2017 GRFP      application is closed

Prospective applicants must read the 2016-17 Program Solicitation, and apply for the 2017 competition on the FastLane portal.


2017 GRFP Results Announced

The awardees and honorable mentions for the 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition have been posted online. For the 2017 competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. Congratulations to the awardees and honorable mentions, and thank you to everyone who submitted applications this year.

Email notifications have been sent to all reviewed applicants. If you did not receive a notification, please email info@nsfgrfp.org from the email address you used on your FastLane GRFP application, including your name, 10-digit applicant ID number, and primary mailing address.

Change to 2017 Eligibility Guidelines Announced

NSF has provided advance notice of a change in the eligibility of prospective applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to allow the community to plan accordingly. This change is described in a Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-050) and FAQs (NSF 16-051).

In the News

2013 NSF GRFP awardee Lujendra Ojha led a study that suggests there is liquid water on Mars.

A new study led by scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology provides the strongest evidence yet that there is intermittent flowing liquid water on modern Mars. Using instruments on board NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), researchers measured spectral signatures of hydrated minerals on slopes where mysterious, possibly water-related streaks are found on the red planet. These streaks, known as recurring slope lineae (RSL), form and snake down the planet’s steep slopes during warm seasons when temperatures exceed -10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 degrees Celsius). They disappear at colder times during the Martian year.