National Science Foundation Announces Info for Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for 2024

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is pleased to announce the release of the latest GRFP Solicitation (NSF 23-605) for the 2024 fellowship year. Please note the website is currently being updated with the latest information.

All questions regarding applicant eligibility or the solicitation in general should be directed to the GRFP Operations Center at

The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics or in STEM education. The program provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages submission of applications from the full spectrum of diverse talent in STEM.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based master’s or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
  • Have completed no more than one academic year (according to institution’s academic calendar) while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Never previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship
  • Declined any previously offered Graduate Research Fellowship by the acceptance deadline
  • Never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
  • Individuals holding joint bachelor’s-master’s degrees who did not progress directly to a doctoral program the semester following award of the joint degree must apply as returning graduate students (see below)
  • Individuals with prior graduate enrollment who have: (i) completed more than one academic year in any graduate degree-granting program, (ii) earned a previous master’s degree of any kind (including Bachelor’s-Master’s degree), or (iii) earned a professional degree must meet the following requirements:
    • not enrolled in a graduate degree program at application deadline
    • two or more consecutive years past graduate degree enrollment or completion at the application deadline
    • Not be a current NSF employee
  • Application Deadline(s) (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant’s mailing address):
    • October 16, 2023: Life Sciences
    • October 17, 2023: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
    • October 19, 2023: Engineering
    • October 20, 2023: Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy