National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship


National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study to approximately 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical biological engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education each year. The Foundation also administers a Minority Graduate Fellowship program and offers additional awards to Women in Engineering and Women in Computer and Information Science.

While there is no internal Earlham process for the NSF Graduate Fellowship, you are encouraged to let the Graduate Fellowship Committee know that you are applying, and you are welcome to seek our help during the application process.

Who May Apply

Individuals in the early stages of graduate study. In most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: prior to or during the senior year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second year of graduate school. Three-year graduate research fellowships are available in science, mathematics, and engineering, including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science awards.

Application Pool Description

Approximately 900 new three-year fellowships are made annually, chosen from a pool of 7,700 applicants.

Eligibility Limitations

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Award Description and Duration

NSF Fellowships support three years of graduate study leading to research-based master's or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering; the history of science and the philosophy of science; and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education at any appropriate, accredited non-profit U.S. institution or appropriate international institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering.

Application Requirements and Deadline

All applicants are expected to use NSF's FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program process. Go to to submit an application securely. With information provided by the applicant, references may submit a Reference Report Form via FastLane or by U.S. mail. The Submission Deadline for Information Form, Application Form, Proposed Plan of Research Form and Previous Research Experience Form is in early November.


The NSF publishes lists of awardees and Honorable Mention recipients on the Graduate Research Fellowship Program Web site in late March. All applicants are notified in writing of the outcome of their applications.

Have a Question Regarding this Fellowship?

Mark Stocksdale
Associate Professor of Chemistry
(765) 983-1319

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