National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Open to US Citizens & non-US Citizens

Deadline: October 18 2021

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The National Science Foundation offers approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including additional awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees at US universities in science, mathematics and engineering supported by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study.

Please review the NSF GRFP Application Components

Deadline: Varies by field – October 18, 2021 (VARIES BY FIELD) see this page for details (detailed info in HTML or PDF format here)


Penn’s Application Process

  • While the NSF GRFP does not require Penn’s nomination, CURF will be happy to provide advice, guidance, and application assistance to you.


Contact Information

Contact your research mentor for advice on how to craft an application for a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship. CURF can assist by providing stylistic feedback on essay drafts and other application-specific advice to Penn undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni.

Dr. Wallace Genser
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships 
The ARCH, 3601 Locust Walk 
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6224
Questions regarding applying for the NSF-GRFP? Email:

Questions about eligibility for the NSF-GRFP? See or contact NSF at

Fellowship Availability

Fellowship Location: 

Fellowship Type

Graduate Study

Fellowship Eligibility

Senior Alumni Graduate Student