About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. First-and-second-year graduate students in the following fields are eligible to apply: Life Sciences, Geosciences Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education and Learning Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, and Materials Research.

The highly-competitive program provides three years of support for graduate study that is in a field within NSF's mission and that leads to a research-based doctoral degree. The NSF awards around 2,000 graduate research fellowships annually.

The program goals are 1) to select, recognize, and financially support individuals early in their careers with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. To learn more about the NSF GRFP, visit nsfgrfp.org.

Details about the fellowship and associated events at Rice will be posted on the Facebook and Twitter pages of the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, so be sure to follow us for updates.

Past awardees have said that winning the NSF GRFP:

- “bestowed me with flexibility in defining my research scope as I joined my advisor's lab.”
- “has been a tremendous support financially as a graduate student.”
- “jump-started my graduate student career, helping me define my research project and post-graduation career interests.”
- “gave me access to opportunities that otherwise might have been out-of-reach.”
- “gave me a small but sweet taste of scientific independence.”
- “allowed me to work with the PI that I wanted to work with.”
- “gave me the freedom to more thoroughly enjoy my research and even appreciate the challenges associated with it.”
- “gave me more of an appreciation for broader impacts in the scientific community.”

GRFP Workshops and Coaching

The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers a workshop annually on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Please contact Dr. Kim Gonzalez (klg1@rice.edu) for more information. Additionally, graduate students can request a consultation with a current GRFP Fellow or a Graduate Fellowship Coach to receive feedback on their GRFP application. For more information, email Elizabeth Festa (Elizabeth.A.Festa@rice.edu) using the subject line "NSF GRFP Coaching".