Fellowship Deadline: 10/24/2016

Award Details

The National Science Foundation makes about 2,700 annual awards to students with the potential to make significant contributions to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. The fellowships may be used at any accredited U.S. institution of higher learning offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics or engineering. Fellowship awardees and honorable-mention recipients may apply to use 12 facilities at a Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure site. NSF also sponsors the Women in Engineering and Computer Information Science awards. Aside from the field restrictions, eligibility criteria are the same as for the regular NSF fellowships.

•The NSF divides their awards roughly equally among the three stages of competition: graduating seniors, first-year graduate, second-year graduates.
•The focus of the award is not simply preparing faculty – only 20% of awardees go into university research. The award supports all careers and trajectories – including those who work in the social sciences.
You will find a REQUEST FOR REFERENCE form for to submit to you references here. It is critical that you speak with your referees about the award, your qualifications for it, and your ambitions first!

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

•be a US national, or permanent resident
•be planning to pursue a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field.
•be enrolled or enrolling in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution.
•not have completed the requirements for any graduate or professional degree by August 1 of the year the application is submitted
•meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The Fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of graduate studies in research-based master’s or doctoral programs. Eligible fields include, but are not limited to: mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education. Awards are not made for clinical, counseling, business or management fields, or for work leading to the attainment of medical, dental or other practice-oriented degrees.

Selection Criteria

The application evaluation involves the review, rating, and ranking of applications by disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers, and other professional graduate education experts. The primary responsibility of each panel is to evaluate the merit of eligible GRFP applications by applying the National Science Board-approved Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, and to subsequently recommend applicants for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Panelists are instructed to review the applications holistically in the context of applying NSF’s Merit Review Criteria and the GRFP emphasis on demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. NSF determines the successful applicants from these recommendations, with Fellowships and Honorable Mention offered based on the GRFP portfolio within the context of NSF’s mission.

Application Procedures

Applicants are asked to use NSF’s FastLane process to access and submit applications. The most important part of the application is a two-page proposed plan of study or research. Candidates are required to submit their scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (verbal, quantitative and analytical) and on the GRE Subject Test in the science or engineering field closest to the student’s chosen area of graduate study. Application packages are reviewed and evaluated by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians and engineers convened for NSF by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).

Award Benefits

Each Fellowship consists of three years of support usable over a five-year period. For each year of support, the Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is $34,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,833.

On Campus Contact Information

Dr. Jonna Iacono
Director, Office of Fellowships
450 Dodge Hall

Undergraduates should fill out the preliminary questionnaire located on the Contact Us page.

Fellowship Contact Information

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)
1818 N Street NW, Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036