NSF GRFP for STEM and SOCIAL SCIENCE undergraduate & graduate students

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

Webinar: to register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1318371982738825218

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 6:30-8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

In person:

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015; Mary Gates Hall room 171, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (with Christopher Carr from NSF)
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 10:30-12 noon., Allen Library auditorium (room 181L)

NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study. It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.
First year graduate students (and sometimes second year students) can apply in the fall.
Undergraduates who will be seniors in the fall who are planning to attend graduate school can apply next fall and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.

The fellowship includes a $34,000 annual stipend and tuition. For fellows at the University of Washington, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

While there may be an assumption this funding would be only for the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), there are a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology. We encourage students in all eligible fields to look into this fellowship.

Supported fields include (note, this is not an exhaustive list):

Social Sciences (Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Linguistics, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Planning, etc.

STEM Education



Computer Science & Engineering



Life Sciences


Physics & Astronomy

The information session will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates. Application deadlines typically range from October 29 – November 4..

Basic eligibility criteria:

  • research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
  • US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
  • students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
  • students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
  • graduating senior undergraduates who plan to apply to and begin graduate student by next fall

The 2016 materials have not yet been published, but we don’t expect significant changes from the last round. 2015 information can be found at:

Questions? Please contact Marilyn Gray in The Graduate School Fellowships and Awards office at megray or 206.685-4249.

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