National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is intended to provide support for those at the beginning of their graduate career and individuals seeking to reenter graduate studies following an interruption of at least two consecutive years. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. The GRFP provides up to three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The GRFP supports over 100 sub disciplines, including social sciences and psychology as well as the hard sciences. For the 2019 competition, NSF received over 12,000 applications and made approximately 2,000 award offers.
The GRFP encourages applications from underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans, in order to broaden and diversify those participating in science and engineering.
Please see the program website and the corresponding annual NSF GRFP Program Solicitation for specific eligibility requirements.
- Class year: Graduating seniors and first-year and second-year graduate students
- Citizenship: U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
Other eligibility guidelines:
- Candidates must intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education as outlined in the corresponding annual NSF GRFP Program Solicitation.
All applicants must read the corresponding annual NSF GRFP Program Solicitation before starting a GRFP application. The Program Solicitation contains important information about application terms and conditions, eligibility requirements, application instructions, and the Merit Review Criteria. Candidates should also pay careful attention to the application preparation instructions in the FastLane application module.
Application deadlines will be determined by the primary field of study listed on the Proposed Field of Study section of the application.
Candidates are encouraged to consult with a faculty mentor or advisor in their field of study for assistance with preparing application materials. For additional information, contact the Fellowships and Scholarships Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, or schedule a Fellowships & Scholarships advising appointment with Gaylena Merritt, Sr. Assistant Director for Fellowships & Scholarships, through Handshake (login required).
Davidson NSF GRFP Recipients
2019 - Akanksha Das, Kathryn, Greene, Linnea Ng, Phoebe Parrish, Erica Shook
2017 - Sarah Friedensen, James Harden
2016 - Catherine Doyle
2015 - Madeleine Kern, Clinton Smith
2014 - Damian Keith White, Justin Strickland, Eric Sawyer, Katherine Virginia Richeson (Honorable Mention), Pallavi Penumetcha (Honorable Mention), Marja (Beth) Mundy, Madeleine MacKenzie Kern (Honorable Mention), Mary Elizabeth Gearing (Honorable Mention), Kelvin Bates
2013 - Leland Taylor, Kathryn Tate Stevenson (Honorable Mention), Beth Mundy (Honorable Mention), Robin Fropf, Alexander Michael Kowaleski (Honorable Mention), Justin Godinho (Honorable Mention)
2012 - Alison Rauh, Nadia Brashier
2011 - Natasha Meyer, Evan Eskew, Kelli Carroll
2010 - Leigh Anne Harden
2008 - Will DeLoache
2006 - Barratt Park
2005 - Rachel Jakab, Nelon Kirkland
2004 - Rachel McCord, Susan Robison
2003 - Kristine G. Dattelbaum
2002 - John D. Wilson
1999 - William B. Bradshaw
1997 - Elena F. Berman
1984 - Lynmarie A. Posey
1977 - Thomas E. Cooper, Peyton J. Marshall, Thomas C. Pinckney
1974 - Albert S. Kyle
1972 - William H. Beckmann
1971 - Robert S. Harris, Thomas R. Opie
1970 - Joseph P. Hughes, Leon S. Newman
1968 - Michael L. May, Thomas E. Peddicord
1966 - Julian D. Ellett
1964 - Henry G. Edmunds