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National Science Foundation 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, Oct 24th 2017

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 research-based master's 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 achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially
encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities,
veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
The program is intended for students in the early stages of graduate study. The ranks of NSF Fellows
include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthrough discoveries in science and
engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

Applicants are urged to visit the NSF web page at for more information and
guidance about current and emerging themes for the NSF.

(Please visit for detailed eligibility requirements.)
 Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States
by the application deadline.
 Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. Individuals may
apply as an undergraduate senior as well as post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate
training. Current graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted
either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school.
 Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral
degrees in the fields supported by the NSF (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Stipends and Allowances
Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. NSF currently
provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the
graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship

UC Berkeley NSF GRF Applicant Workshop
A workshop for applicants will be held Wednesday, September 20 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM in 309
Sproul Hall.