NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is now accepting applications for the 2014 competition. Please read the announcement below:

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

National Science Foundation

NSF 13-584


Application Deadline(s) (received by 8 p.m. EST):  November 04, 2013 for Engineering;    Computer and Information Science and Engineering; Materials Research


November 05, 2013 for Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy


November 07, 2013 for Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning


November 08, 2013 for Life Sciences; Geosciences

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

Applications, contact: GRF Operations Center, telephone: (866) 673-4737, email: info@nsfgrfp.org

Gisele T. Muller-Parker, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Pushpalatha Murthy, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Doris L. Carver, telephone: (703) 292-8694, email: grfp@nsf.gov

Estimated Number of Awards: 2,700 new Fellowships will be offered pending availability of funds.

For each Fellow, the institution receives up to a $44,000 award per Fellow tenure year (12-month increments) to cover the costs described below.

The Graduate Research Fellowship stipend is currently $32,000 for a 12-month tenure period, prorated in whole month increments of $2,666. The cost-of-education allowance to the institution is currently $12,000 per tenure year. During tenure, the institution is required to exempt Fellows from paying tuition and fees normally charged to students of similar academic standing, unless such charges are optional or are refundable (i.e., the institution is responsible for tuition and required fees in excess of the cost of education allowance).

All Fellowships will be for a maximum of three years of financial support (in 12-month allocations, starting in summer or fall) usable over a five-year period. The anticipated announcement date for the Fellowships is early April 2014.

Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline.

Individuals are typically eligible to apply:

·        During the senior year of college

·        After graduating from college and prior to entering graduate school

·        During the first year of graduate school

·        Prior to completing the fall term of the second year of graduate school.

Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Fellowship

The Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems Fellowships are for recent grads in the STEM fields, for grad students in the STEM fields, for MBA students, and for marketing grads. This is a great program for students who want a year or two off before grad school, or who want to go into sustainable energy systems work.

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association – ROTC Scholarships

Scholarships of $2,000 each will be awarded to ROTC students majoring in the following or C4I-related fields of electrical, computer, chemical, systems or aerospace engineering; electronics; computer science; physics; mathematics; science or mathematics education; technology management; foreign languages; global security & intelligence studies; security & intelligence; or international studies at accredited degree-granting four-year colleges or universities in the United States. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. national security enterprises (to include other technical majors) with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible.  Candidates must be at least second-year college students, enrolled full time as sophomores or juniors at the time of application.”

American Physical Society Internship

The American Physical Society offers internships to sophomore and junior women with a majoring in chemistry, physics, materials science or engineering, computer science or engineering, chemical, electrical, mechanical engineering, or biology, if it has an emphasis on one of the other areas listed

Cornell University Travelers Summer Research Fellowship Program for Premedical Minority Students

Cornell University hosts a summer program for current juniors/rising senior who are intending to go to medical school. This program, which is geared particularly for minority students, provides students with insight into the basic and clinical sciences of medicine and healthcare via mentoring, lectures, seminars, and a research project.

Development Goal for Black Students in Science and Technology

From the DFBSST website:



The Development Fund for Black Students in Science and Technology (DFBSST)is an endowment fund which provides  scholarships to African-American undergraduate students who enroll in scientific  or technical fields of study at Historically Black Colleges and Universities  (HBCUs).


Selection Process

DFBSST identifies students through the assistance of Engineering  and Science Department deans and professors at pre-selected, predominantly  Black colleges and universities.  DFBSST requests the deans and faculty  members to identify a specified number of students that they would like to be  considered for scholarships, and to pass on DFBSSTscholarship  application forms to these students.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for scholarships offered by DFBSST, all   applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • African-American, undergraduate student majoring (or intending to major) in a technical field of study (i.e., engineering, math, science, etc.),
  • Be enrolled (or identify his or her intention to enroll) at one of the predominantly Black colleges or universities listed below, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic achievement (grades and SAT scores, especially science/math),
  2. Personal essay describing career goals, current and past    relevant extracurricular activities, etc.,
  3. Recommendations (teachers and guidance counselors), and
  4. Financial need.

Applicants are first ranked based on consideration of items 1, 2 and 3 above. If two (2) applicants are considered to be equal, the candidate with the greatest financial need is ranked higher.

Award Determination

The amount of the scholarships awarded each student is determined by the DFBSST Scholarship Committee.  Scholarships are  based on merit and financial need.  Scholarship awards are up to $2,000  per year. Support is renewed annually, for a maximum of four (4) years,  as long as the students remains in good academic standing at the same  institution, enrolled in a full-time, undergraduate science or engineering  curriculum, and submits a renewal application.

Obtaining a Scholarship Application

Applications can be obtained by contacting the science or engineering department at one of the schools listed below.  We do not distribute applications directly to students.  All applications must be obtained through and  pre-screened by the schools.  There can be no exceptions.   Scholarship applications are currently available at the following schools:

Bennett College Morehouse University
Clark Atlanta University Morgan State University
Elizabeth City State Univ North Carolina A&T State Univ
Fisk University Prairie View A&M University
Florida A&M University Southern University
Fort Valley State College Spelman College
Hampton University Tennessee State University
Howard University Tuskegee University
Langston University Wilberforce University
Lincoln University (PA) Xavier University of Louisiana

Scholarship applications become available April 15th and must be submitted  by June 15th.  Scholarship recipients will be notified in early September.