NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

With one successful application, you could expand your career options, earn $138,000 towards your graduate education and realize your dreams of becoming an accomplished social scientist, psychologist, scientist, STEM educator or engineer.

What is the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program?

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

What are the benefits of a GRFP Fellowship?

  • Five year fellowship period with three years of financial support
  • Annual stipend of $34,000
  • Cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
  • No post-graduate study service requirement
  • Access to supplemental funding to sustain research while on medical deferral (e.g. family leave)

Who is eligible?

GRFP welcomes applications from individuals who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM Education and who meet the eligibility requirements. First and second-year graduate students are also welcome to apply, meaning students may apply up to three years in a row for funding.

Determine if you are eligible with Fellowship eligibility questionnaire

We want to help you prepare a competitive application.


The Graduate School and the Graduate Student Association are co-sponsoring a Zoom webinar workshop on the NSF GRFP application process.

The Zoom webinar workshop will be held Friday, September 3, 2021 from 12 to 1:30 p.m.

The deadline for submitting the online RSVP is 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 1, 2021.

Soon after submitting an RSVP a confirmation email will be sent with the login information for the webinar.

RSVP for Zoom webinar now 

Workshop overview

The workshop will provide an overview of the GRFP application process, as well as a panel discussion by faculty who have served as GRFP panel reviewers and University students who have recently received NSF GRFP awards. A synopsis of the program is provided at the end of this email. To be eligible to receive one of these awards, you must be a US citizen or permanent resident by the application deadline.  

By attending the workshop, you will also receive access to supporting materials, such as examples of successful applications and tips on strengthening both the intellectual merit and broader impacts components of your application. In addition, if you are able to provide a complete draft of your application, the Office of Research and Innovation will provide expert reviews of your application in time for you to make revisions prior to the application deadline.

Please give serious consideration to attending the workshop and submitting a NSF GRFP application. 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, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

More information about the GRFP and application process

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the 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 masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. 

Application deadlines are listed on the NSF website.

Major fields of study

Note: Applications are reviewed based on the selection of a Major Field of Study. As an example, Chemistry is a Major Field of Study, and Chemical Catalysis is a subfield under Chemistry.

NSF GRFP website

  • Chemistry category

    Chemistry category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Chemical Catalysis
    Chemical Measurement and Imaging
    Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism
    Chemical Synthesis
    Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods
    Chemistry of Life Processes
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Environmental Chemical Systems
    Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
    Other (specify)
    Quantum Information Science
    Sustainable Chemistry

  • Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering category

    Computer and Information Sciences & Engineering category

    Algorithms and Theoretical Foundations
    Artificial Intelligence
    Bioinformatics and other Informatics
    Communication and Information Theory
    Computational Science and Engineering
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Computer Architecture
    Computer Networks
    Computer Security and Privacy
    Computer Systems and Embedded Systems
    Data Mining and Information Retrieval
    Data Science
    Databases
    Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages
    Graphics and Visualization
    Human Computer Interaction
    Machine Learning
    Natural Language Processing
    Other (specify)
    Quantum Computing and Communication
    Quantum Information Science
    Robotics and Computer Vision
    Software Engineering

  • Engineering category

    Engineering category

    Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
    Artificial Intelligence
    Bioengineering
    Biomedical Engineering
    Chemical Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Computer Engineering
    Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    Energy Engineering
    Environmental Engineering
    Industrial Engineering & Operations Research
    Manufacturing Engineering
    Materials Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering
    Nuclear Engineering
    Ocean Engineering
    Optical Engineering
    Other (specify)
    Quantum Engineering
    Quantum Information Science
    Systems Engineering
    Wireless Engineering

  • Geosciences cateogry

    Geosciences cateogry

    Aeronomy
    Artificial Intelligence
    Atmospheric Chemistry
    Biogeochemistry
    Biological Oceanography
    Chemical Oceanography
    Climate and Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Geobiology
    Geochemistry
    Geodynamics
    Geomorphology
    Geophysics
    Glaciology
    Hydrology
    Magnetospheric Physics
    Marine Biology
    Marine Geology and Geophysics
    Other (specify)
    Paleoclimate
    Paleontology and Paleobiology
    Petrology
    Physical and Dynamic Meteorology
    Physical Oceanography
    Quantum Information Science
    Sedimentary Geology
    Solar Physics
    Tectonics

  • Life Sciences category

    Life Sciences category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Biochemistry
    Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
    Biophysics
    Cell Biology
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Developmental Biology
    Ecology
    Environmental Biology
    Evolutionary Biology
    Genetics
    Genomics
    Microbial Biology
    Neurosciences
    Organismal Biology
    Other (specify)
    Physiology
    Proteomics
    Quantum Information Science
    Structural Biology
    Systematics and Biodiversity
    Systems and Molecular Biology

  • Materials Research category

    Materials Research category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Biomaterials
    Ceramics
    Chemistry of Materials
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Electronic Materials
    Materials Theory
    Metallic Materials
    Other (specify)
    Photonic Materials
    Physics of Materials
    Polymers
    Quantum Information Science

  • Mathematical Sciences category

    Mathematical Sciences category

    Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
    Analysis
    Applied Mathematics
    Artificial Intelligence
    Biostatistics
    Computational and Data-enabled Science
    Computational Mathematics
    Computational Statistics
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Geometric Analysis
    Logic or Foundations of Mathematics
    Mathematical Biology
    Other (specify)
    Probability
    Quantum Information Science
    Statistics
    Topology

  • Physics & Astronomy category

    Physics & Astronomy category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Condensed Matter Physics
    Nuclear Physics
    Other (specify)
    Particle Physics
    Physics of Living Systems
    Plasma Physics
    Quantum Information Science
    Solid State Physics
    Theoretical Physics

  • Psychology category

    Psychology category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Cognitive Neuroscience
    Cognitive Psychology
    Comparative Psychology
    Computational Psychology
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Developmental Psychology
    Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    Neuropsychology
    Other (specify)
    Perception and Psychophysics
    Personality and Individual Differences
    Physiological Psychology
    Psycholinguistics
    Quantitative Psychology
    Quantum Information Science
    Social/Affective Neuroscience
    Social Psychology

  • Social Sciences category

    Social Sciences category

    Anthropology, other (specify)
    Archaeology
    Artificial Intelligence
    Biological Anthropology
    Communications
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Cultural Anthropology
    Decision Making and Risk Analysis
    Economics
    Geography
    History and Philosophy of Science
    International Relations
    Law and Social Science
    Linguistic Anthropology
    Linguistics
    Medical Anthropology
    Other (specify)
    Political Science
    Public Policy
    Quantum Information Science
    Science Policy
    Sociology
    Urban and Regional Planning

  • STEM Education and Learning Research category

    STEM Education and Learning Research category

    Artificial Intelligence
    Computationally Intensive Research
    Engineering Education
    Mathematics Education
    Other (specify)
    Quantum Information Science
    Science Education
    Technology Education

See the University's 2021 Fellows

Bethany Calvert

Bethany Calvert

Mechanical Engineering graduate student

Elijah John Holschbach

Elijah J. Holschbach

Biochemistry PhD student

Kelly Loria

Kelly Loria

Ecology PhD student

William Fredrick Roser

William F. Roser

Civil Engineering PhD student

Pamela Maninang Hong

Pamela M. Hong

Sociology MS graduate

Natasha Wesely

Natasha Wesely

Ecology graduate

See our GRFP Fellows page to learn more about who our most recent fellows are and how they are contributing to their respective fields through their research and teaching ambitions and accomplishments.

Read bios for University of Nevada, Reno GRFP Fellows