Graduate Research Fellowship Program

What is the Graduate Research Fellowship Program?

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is supported by the National Science Foundation. This prestigious fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

The GRFP provides three years of support over a five-year fellowship period for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. For each of the three years of support, NSF provides a $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost of education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution of higher education for each Fellow who uses the support in a fellowship year. The Fellowship award is made to the institution of higher education at which a Fellow is enrolled and the institution is responsible for disbursement of the stipend to the Fellow.

More information about the fellowship can be found on the NSF page at:

2021 Application Deadlines

  • October 18, 2021: Life Sciences
  • October 19, 2021: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
  • October 21, 2021: Engineering
  • October 22, 2021: Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Where can I find help with completing my application package?

Assistance available with:

  • writing support
  • project planning
  • research scope

Contact Alin Wakefield to schedule an individual meeting.

Alin WakefieldAlin Wakefield

Research & Graduate Studies Development Coordinator
(530) 752-1650

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