NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF 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.

Current Fellows


Basic Requirements

  • Register and enrolled in at least 8-12 units each quarter on “tenure”
  • 3.0 GPA or above
  • Maintain satisfactory progress
  • Be enrolled in Bruin Direct Deposit
  • Cannot work more than 25% (10hrs/wk)
  • Exceptions for additional employment above 25% will not be considered by the Division of Graduate Education.


Reporting Deadline

April 28th, 2023, 11:59PM Eastern Time

All fellows, regardless of status, must submit forms/declare tenure via the Graduate Fellowship Administration System on Fastlane. Failure to do so will result in cancellation of your GRFP.

  • Required actions:
    • 2022-23 Annual Activities Report
    • 2022-23 Academic/Research Advisor Confirmation Form
    • 2023-24 Fellowship Status Declaration
      • Declare Tenure/Reserve Status for 2023-24
      • For those who will be graduating in 2023, select “Completed with Degree”
      • For those who have finished the 5-year GRFP period, submit change of status request for 2023 to “Completed”
      • For those who finish their less than the 5-year GRFP period and would like to terminate, submit change of status for 2023 to “Terminated”



NSF GRFP Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

General information and tips to help awardees navigate the program.

New Awardees

NSF GRFP Fellowship New Awardees Workshop

New awardees are highly encouraged to attend a session as the UCLA NSF Coordinating Official (CO) will be going over important details regarding the GRFP.

Please RSVP here to receive a Zoom invitation.

–     May 5, 2023 at 10am to 11am

Note that this is a workshop for GRFP awardees and NOT an information session for prospective applicants.


NSF GRFP Campus Coordinating Official at UCLA

Jane Sin
Fellowships and Financial Services
1228 Murphy Hall

Prospective 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
Life Sciences
Mon., Oct. 17
Computer & Information Sci  and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
Tues., Oct. 18
Thurs., Oct. 20
Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Fri., Oct. 21

Early April: GRFP Application Results Announced

April 28, 2023: Deadline to Accept Fellowship


UCLA Graduate Writing Center (GWC)

NSF GRFP Application Writing Workshop

  • TBA (August~September)



NSF GRFP Program Contact

GRF Operations Center

If you have questions about the topics below, please contact the GRF Operations Center.

  • General program information
  • Application (non-technical) assistance
  • Review inquiries
  • Reviewer inquires
  • Selection notification inquires

Tel: 1-866-NSF-GRFP (1-866-673-4737)

Email: info@nsfgrfp.org

NSF Help Desk

Technical questions from GRFP Applicants, GRFP Fellows, GRFP Reference Writers, and GRFP Coordinating Officials should be addressed to the NSF Help Desk.

Tel: 1-800-673-6188

Email: fastlane@nsf.gov