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Graduate Research Fellowships Including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards

Important Announcements

The 2005 competition is now open. Please go to the GRFP Application page in FastLane (NSF FastLane)to begin the application process.

New Procedures for GRF Awardees

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program has implemented new procedures for fellows and coordinating officials to conduct adminstrative functions. These new procedures are based in the NSF FastLane web-based system and have replaced the old paper-based forms system.

Most Fellows should have received two e-mail notices indicating login and passwords for the new system along with instructions on how to access the appropriate login pages.

We are receiving a number of e-mail messages from fellows who have forgotten their login passwords. Please remember that on the login page , under the "Log In Fellows" box there is a link to "Forgot Password?" This function relies on the use of your e-mail address to automatically send your password to you. If you have changed your e-mail address since last entering the system you should call the FastLane help desk 1-800-673-6188 for assistance in updating your e-mail address. They cannot reset your password nor give it to you over the phone. They can correct your e-mail address and then you can use the Forgot Password? function.

Please check the Fellows User Guide to become familiar with using the new system.

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Description Return to the Top

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. A competition is conducted for Graduate Research Fellowships, with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science. 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, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based PhD degrees in science education. Approximately 90 awards will be in the Women in Engineering (WENG) and Women in Computer and Information Science (WICS) components. Awards made in March 2004 carry a stipend for each fellow of $30,000 for a 12-month tenure (prorated monthly at $2,500 for lesser periods) and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500, paid to the Fellow's institution in lieu of tuition and fees. Note that the stipend for all existing Fellows will be increased to $30,000 a year (prorated at $2,500 a month for lesser periods) dependent upon the start time of the fellowship. This will begin with the 2004-2005 academic year.

The Fellowship program offers a one-time international research travel allowance for fellows who plan to study or do research full-time at a foreign site for at least 3 continuous months. For fellows wishing to conduct research in close cooperation with a host country investigator, the NSF Division of International Programs will consider additional support for foreign travel and subsistence and for other expenses related to the international collaboration. Details are available at: http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/int/int_gradstud.htm#gradsup.

Eligibility Return to the Top

Please refer to the Eligibility Guidelines set forth in the FY 2005 Graduate Research Fellowship Program Guidelines (NSF 04-615). The guidelines address separately each of the following items:

  • Citizenship
  • Field, Degree Program, and Research Topics
  • Earned Graduate Study
  • Eligibility for the Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards

How to Contact Us Return to the Top

For information related to the application process:

  • GRF Operations Center toll-free phone number: 1-866-NSF-GRFP (673-4737)
  • GRF Operations Center fax number: 202-265-8504
  • GRF Operations Center e-mail address: info@nsfgrfp.org
  • GRF Operations Center website: http://www.nsfgrfp.org

For information for current NSF Fellows:

  • Graduate Fellowship Program phone number: (703) 292-8694
  • Graduate Fellowship Program fax number: (703) 292-9048
  • Graduate Fellowship Program e-mail address: grfp@nsf.gov
  • Graduate Fellowship Administration System (through FastLane): https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/

Schedule Return to the Top

  • Summer: Application cycle begins
  • Fall: Deadline for applications using FastLane
  • Winter: Panel review takes place
  • Spring: Awards are announced

How to Apply Return to the Top

The 2005 competition is now open. Please go to the GRFP Application page in FastLane

  1. An applicant must submit an application electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program process. To access the FastLane Graduate Fellowship Program process, click on Graduate Research Fellowship Program link on the FastLane Home Page.

Publications Return to the Top

The following publications are available electronically:

Data on the Graduate Research Fellowship Program Return to the Top

  • Data Table (updated every year after announcement of awards)

Other Items of Interest Return to the Top

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