Academic transcripts are required for all institutions listed by the applicant in the FastLane GRFP Application Module. Required transcripts include academic transcripts from the baccalaureate institution and transcripts for all graduate work. Transcripts must be submitted electronically through the FastLane GRFP Application Module by the Field of Study application deadline.
The GRFP supports the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative () by offering limited paid and unpaid leave options for Fellows facing dependent-care issues (childbirth/adoption and elder care). NSF enables career-life balance through a variety of mechanisms. To apply for this supplemental funding as a GRFP Fellow, see .
An NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award consists of the award notification letter that includes the applicable terms and conditions and Fellowship management instructions. All Fellowships are made subject to the provisions (and any subsequent amendments) contained in the document : Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program applicants will be notified of the outcomes of their applications by early April of the competition year. The NSF publishes lists of Fellowship and Honorable Mention recipients on the GRFP website at in early April.
The primary responsibility of each panel is to evaluate the merit of eligible GRFP applications by applying the National Science Board-approved Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, and to subsequently recommend applicants for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Reviewers are instructed to review the applications holistically in the context of applying NSF's Merit Review Criteria and the GRFP emphasis on demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in STEM or in STEM education. NSF determines the successful applicants from these recommendations, with Fellowships and Honorable Mention offered based on the GRFP portfolio within the context of NSF's mission. After NSF Fellowship offers are made, applicants are able to view verbatim reviewer comments, excluding the names of the reviewers, for a limited period of time through the NSF GRFP FastLane website.
Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module at according to the deadline corresponding with the Primary Field of Study selected in the application. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by the applicant’s mailing address provided in the application. Applications received after the Field of Study deadline will be returned without review. Applicants must first register as a FastLane user at that web site. Instructions for completing and submitting an application can be found through the "Applicant Help" link in the Fastlane GRFP Application.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program applicants will be notified in early April 2013 of their selection. The applicant must accept or decline the Fellowship by May 1, 2013 by logging into the Graduate Research Fellowship Program link at: with the applicant User ID and password. Failure to comply with the deadline and acceptance of award conditions by the deadline will result in revocation of the Fellowship offer and render applicants ineligible to re-apply.
NSF will award GRFP Fellowship Grants to the Institution providing funds for NSF Fellows who have "on tenure" status. The Institution will accept such grants, including any amendments to them and administer them in accordance with the terms of the Agreement and provisions (and any subsequent amendments) contained in the document : Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials.
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities (students and faculty) to work on NSF-supported projects. Fellowship awardees with disabilities may apply for assistance after consulting the instructions in the document : Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials.
An NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award consists of the notification letter that includes the applicable terms and conditions and Fellowship management instructions. All Fellowships are made subject to the provisions (and any subsequent amendments) contained in the document : Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials.
Reference letters must be submitted electronically by the reference writers through the FastLane GRFP Application Module and must be received by the reference letter deadline (see Application Preparation and Submission Instructions/C. Due Dates of this Solicitation), by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET). If fewer than two reference letters (none or one) are received by the reference letter deadline, the application will be returned without review.
The Division of Graduate Education generally notifies applicants within six months after the deadline of the outcome of their applications. The NSF publishes lists of Fellowship and Honorable Mention recipients on the GRFP website at / in April 2013. This information is extracted from the applications and cannot be changed.
Awardees must formally accept and agree to the terms and conditions of the award. Acceptance of the Fellowship constitutes a commitment to pursue a graduate degree in an eligible science or engineering field. Acceptance of a Fellowship award is an explicit acceptance of this commitment and assurance that the Fellow will be duly enrolled in an NSF-approved graduate degree program consistent with the field of study indicated in their application by the beginning of the following academic year. Major changes in scope later in the graduate career require NSF approval. : Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials includes the terms and conditions that apply to the Fellowship and subsequent institutional award, in addition to the eligibility requirements (citizenship, degree requirements and field of study) and Certifications in the application. Each institution, in accepting the funds, also certifies that the Fellows are eligible to receive the Fellowship under these terms and conditions.