NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP)

Support for early career graduate students in STEM fields

What is the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program?

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. Three years of financial support are provided for graduate studies that lead to a research-based masters or doctoral degrees in STEM, including social sciences and/or STEM education.

The Office of Fellowships requires that applicants communicate regularly and obtain support to apply for NSF GRFP fellowship with your faculty member(s)/professor(s), mentor(s), and/or potentially your graduate education advisor.

Official instructions are provided in the NSF solicitation. 

Past Mason winners:

  • Jiajing (JJ) Guan, Winner, Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics
  • Maryam Sedaghatpour, Life Sciences - Systematics and Biodiversity
  • Dillon Tanner Berger, Physics and Astronomy - Particle Physics

Past Mason Honorable Mentions:

  • Mae LeeAda Markowski, Honorable Mention, Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics
  • Doreen Joseph, Honorable Mention, Computer/Information Sciences/Engineering - Computer Security and Privacy

National Deadline: Several deadlines per discipline during the week of October 21

The Office of Fellowships may offer NSF GRFP Workshop(s) before early October 2019, contact the Office of Fellowships for additional information.