The GRFP is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation. It provides three years of financial support for beginning graduate study leading to a research-based degree in the STEM disciplines.
The fellowship includes a $30,000-per-year stipend for three years. Additionally, each fellow's graduate institution receives a $12,000 annual cost-of-education allowance that covers tuition and fees during the fellowship period. After one year of graduate study, Fellows become eligible to apply for international research funding support through Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW).
*Always refer to the NSF-GRFP Solicitation for official eligibility information.
The GRFP competition opens in August with deadlines in November. Awards are announced the following spring. Fellows must commence graduate study in the summer or fall after accepting the award. The next competition will open in August 2013 (for Academic Year 2014-15.) About 2,000 fellowships are offered.
Whereas the National Science Foundation awards grants to investigators to fund their research, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program funds students who are training to become well-rounded researchers. It's a fine distinction, but an important one.
NSF GRFP funds translate to increased creative potential and hence potential for success and happiness.
'09 Fellow, Engineering
University of Michigan