Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In most cases, an individual has two opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college and during either the first or the second year of graduate school.


The NSF deadline varies by field. See the website for specific information.


The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers three-year graduate research fellowships in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards.

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.


$34,000 stipend, for 12-month tenure, and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 per tenure year.

Application Process

Applications are submitted directly to NSF and there is no College internal selection. However, interested students are strongly urged to seek advice from faculty early in the process. Proposals are scrutinized by experienced researchers, and you will benefit from the guidance of faculty who are familiar with the selection process. Final due typically fall in the mid- to late October, depending on the field.