NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science [including social science] and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The purpose of the program is to increase the Nation’s human capacity in science [including social science] and engineering by providing fellowships for early-career graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported disciplines. NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

NSF GRFP Applicants

Basic Requirements

  • must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident
  • be in a research-focused Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution by the coming Fall
  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

For a complete list of the program eligibility requirements please visit the program solicitation.


Field of Study 2016 2017 2018
Life Sciences, Geosciences October 24 October 23 October 22
Computer & Information Sci  and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research October 25 October 24 October 23
Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning October 27 October 26 October 25
 Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy October 28 October 27 October 26

NSF GRFP E-Application

NSF GRFP website

RSVP for Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • TBD

NSF GRFP Current Awardees

Basic Requirements

  • register and enrolled in at least 8 units each quarter on “tenure”
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • be enrolled in Bruin Direct Deposit
  • cannot work more than 25%


May 1st

  • Tenure/Reserve Status
  • Academic/Research Advisor Confirmation Form
  • Activities Report

All fellows must submit forms/declare tenure via the Graduate Fellowship Administration System on Fastlane.


NSF GRFP Frequently Asked Questions

General information and tips to help awardees navigate the program.

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RSVP for Upcoming Extramural Fellowship
Awardees Workshop:

  • TBD

NSF GRFP Campus Coordinator at UCLA

Estevan Hernández
Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall
(310) 825-3521