Each year the National Science Foundation awards approximately 1,000 three-year Graduate Fellowships. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching and industrial applications in science, mathematics and engineering. (Awards are offered for women in engineering and computer and information science.)
Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science (natural, physical and social), mathematics and engineering. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based Ph.D. in science education. Practice-oriented programs are not eligible for support. Research with disease-related goals is also not eligible for support.
- Applicants must be a college senior, first-year graduate student, or someone who has completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering.
- An applicant must be a citizen or national of the U.S. or a permanent resident alien of the U.S.
- Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards.
Application forms, reference forms, and information for the 2009 competition are available from the following sources:
- Fast Lane: An applicant can submit an application electronically using the NSF Fast Lane Graduate Research Fellowship Program process. Referees of applicants who use Fast Lane can submit a Reference Report Form using Fast Lane. Security is provided to ensure that both applications and references can be seen only by authorized persons. To access the Fast Lane Graduate Fellowship Program process, click on the GRFP "Graduate Research Fellowships" icon on the FastLane Home Page.
- Download the 2009 Applicant User Guide [here]
- For faculty submitting reference reports for fellowship applicants:
- Prepare and Submit Reference Report using FastLane
- Reference Report Form (to download, fill out, and mail to ORAU)
- These scholarships are extremely competitive, and applications should be initiated well before the deadline. It will take some time to gather supporting documentation and the statement of applicant's interest must be carefully composed.
- Dr. Margaret Diddams email@example.com, Director of the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development, will assist students in preparing their application if sufficient time is allowed (at least six weeks prior to the campus deadline).
- Campus Deadline: October 1, 2010
- Submission Deadline: December 5, 2010
It is very important to refer to the web site listed below for specific and complete information regarding this fellowship.
Web site: http://www.nsf.gov/