Penn State College of Engineering Penn State College of Engineering

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship 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 US institutions.

GRFP Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.


Are a US citizen, US national or permanent resident alien
Are a graduating senior; have completed a B.S./B.A. degree in a STEM field; or are in their 1st year or the first semester of their 2nd year in graduate school
Are pursuing a research-based master's or doctoral degree at an accredited US institution in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields supported by NSF
Have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent)

Terms of Award:

For more information: Ruth Mendum, PhD
Director of University Fellowships Office

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program:

Please Submit:

Materials that must be submitted to the National Science Foundation:

Personal statement essay
Previous research experience essay
Proposed plan of research essay
Three reference letters
Academic transcript

Online Application: