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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The Fall 2024 application will open late July/early August

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The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality and vitality of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. A goal of the program is to broaden participation of the full spectrum of diverse talents in STEM. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support inclusive of an annual stipend of $37,000.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

Upcoming Workshops

  • Thursday, September 7, 9:00am – NSF-GRFP Application Prep Info Session with a panelist of current fellows – Marriott Library 1745
  • June 13, 2024, 10am
  • June 26, 2024, 3pm – register
  • July 8, 2024, 1pm – Personal Statements – Register
  • July 17, 2024, 10am – Research Plan Statements - Register
  • July 19, 10am-12pm – Personal Statements Writing Workshop – Graduate School Conference Room (Gardner Commons 3105)
  • July 23, 10am-12pm – Research Statements Writing Workshop – Graduate School Conference Room (Gardner Commons 3105)
  • July 31, 4-7pm – Writing workshop – Graduate School Conference Room (Gardner Commons 3105)
  • More virtual and in-person programming TBD

Current Award Solicitation




Financial Support

The graduate research fellowship provides generous support for graduate students and their research, which includes the following as of Fall 2023:

  • A $37,000-per-year stipend for three years
  • Graduate tuition coverage for three years
  • The University of Utah generously provides fellows with a research & professional development allowance of $2,000/year for three years, as well as provides health insurance coverage (medical, dental, and vision) for three years

Fellows may be eligible for additional funding to complete a non-academic internship via the NSF-INTERN program; email for more information.

Previous winning NSF GRFP essay examples

Previous Successful Proposals (login required)  Alex Lang's NSF site

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Matthew Plooster, EdD

Assistant Dean


Last Updated: 7/3/24