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2018 GRFP      application period has closed.

Prospective applicants must read the Program Solicitation, and apply for the 2018 competition on the FastLane portal.

The deadline for receipt of reference letters for the 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has been extended to Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All reference letters must be received by the November 3 deadline, there will be no more extensions other than those outlined at

Information for GRFP Applicants and Reference Writers.

For GRFP applicants and reference writers who are located in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and other islands in hurricane-impacted areas there will be an extension of the application and reference letter deadlines until 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time, Friday December 29, 2017.  Submitter’s local time is determined by the applicant's mailing address.

Updated guidance: Natural disasters that have severely damaged power, water, and communications make it impossible to submit applications and reference letters. Therefore, GRFP has implemented a special process for individuals for whom it is impossible to submit by the published deadlines. If this applies to you, email with subject line: GRFP Waiver Request for 2018 Competition as soon as possible before December 29, 2017. Include your name, description of your situation, contact information, and field of study (for applicants) or name of applicant (for reference writers). Waivers will be reviewed on a case by case basis. All others must submit by the published deadlines.

Any future updates will be posted on the following webpages:,, and

Per federal guidelines, all fellowship and tuition support is taken into consideration when determining student loan eligibility.  If you will receive federal student loans during the same academic year as a fellowship, please note your student loan eligibility could, and most likely will, be reduced by the amount of the fellowship stipend.

Students funded from full external fellowships are not permitted to hold employment during the tenure of their award or receive another full fellowship. Full fellowships are typically defined as providing a stipend commensurate with a teaching or research assistantship; that is, sufficient to cover general support (living, transportation, personal, and research expenses) necessary to support the pursuit of educational goals within the award period.

Prospective & New Students


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Submission now limited to one application for graduate students in their first OR second year.  Please see their Dear Colleague Letter (NSF 16-050) and FAQs (NSF 16-05).
Estimated Support: 3yrs; $34,000/yr stipend + $12,000/yr tuition & fees

October 24-28 (depending on discipline)
NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
The Kirschstein-NRSA program helps ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in adequate numbers and in appropriate research areas to carry out the Nation's biomedical and behavioral research agenda. Fellowship activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission.  The major emphasis of the application should be the research training experience and broadening of scientific competence of the applicant.
Estimated Support: Up to 5yrs; $22,476/yr stipend + up to $16,000/yr tuition & fees

April 8, August 8, December 8

Ford Foundation Fellowship 1
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Estimated Support: 3yrs; $24,000/yr stipend
November 17
DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (CSGF)
The DOE CSGF provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems.
Estimated Support: Up to 4yrs; $36,000/yr stipend + tuition & fees
NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP)
The NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program is an Agency-wide fellowship program for graduate study leading to masters or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering related to NASA research and development.
Estimated Support: 1yr; $27,000 stipend/travel + $3,000 for PI
NASA Interns, Fellows & Scholars (NIFS) One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI)
OSSI is a NASA-wide system for the recruitment, application, selection and career development of undergraduate and graduate students primarily in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.
Estimated Support: Varies
National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowship
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to US citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance.
Estimated Support: 3yrs; $30,500/yr stipend + tuition & fees
Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (EPA STAR) Fellowship
EPA's STAR graduate fellowship program supports masters and doctoral candidates in environmental studies. Each year, students in the United States compete for STAR fellowships through a rigorous review process. Students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences.
Estimated Support: 3yrs; $27,000/yr stipend + $5,000/yr expense allowance + $12,000 toward tuition & fees
UC MEXUS-CONACYT Doctoral Fellowships 2 & 3
The UC MEXUS-CONACYT doctoral fellowships provide up to five years of funding for Mexican students doing their doctoral studies at any one of the ten University of California campuses. Students may pursue doctoral studies in most of the academic disciplines, with the exception of the arts.
Estimated Support: 5yrs; $1,100 - $1,375/mo stipend + tuition & fees
April 15
Fulbright US Student Program
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers.
Estimated Support: Round-trip travel to host country + cost of living in host country
October 11

1 DACA students eligible
2 Diversity preference/requirement
3 International students eligible

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Advanced/Dissertation Year Students


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 1 & 3
ACLS invites applications for the ninth annual competition for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships, which support a year of research and writing to help advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing. The program encourages timely completion of the PhD. Applicants must be prepared to complete their dissertations within the period of their fellowship tenure and no later than August 31, 2016.  ACLS will award 65 fellowships in this competition for a one-year term beginning between June and September 2015 for the 2015-16 academic year.
Estimated Support: 1yr; $30,000 + $3,000 research costs + $5,000 toward tuition & fees

October 26

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) Program
The SCGSR program supports supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to conduct part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE national laboratory in collaboration with a DOE laboratory scientist for a period of 3 to 12 consecutive months—with the goal of preparing graduate students for scientific and technical careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission.
Estimated Support: 3-12/mo; up to $3,000/mo stipend
November 21
NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES)
Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements.
Estimated Support: Varies
UC MEXUS Grants for Dissertation Research 3
Projects funded are expected to lead to the completion of dissertations or MFA degrees in these areas. Preference will be given to projects that hold significant promise for the advancement of science or scholarship in areas of interest to UC MEXUS; that involve meaningful collaboration with a Mexican institution and/or a Mexican scientist or scholar; or that address issues of importance to Mexico and/or the Mexican-origin population in California and/or the United States.
Estimated Support: $12,000 maximum grant for up to two years
September 12

1 DACA students eligible
2 Diversity preference/requirement
3 International students eligible

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Additional Resources

A-Z Fellowships and Grants List
California Student Aid Commission
COS Pivot
Edupass: Financial Aid for International Students
IRIS Database
Foundation Center
UC Davis List of External Fellowships
UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database

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