National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

General Information

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) provide support for 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 the fields of science, technology, mathematics, and engineering.

U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents who are in the early stages of their graduate study are eligible to apply during the senior year of college, prior to or during the first year of graduate school, or prior to completing the fall term of the second year of graduate school.  

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.


Application Deadlines

  • Life Sciences, Geosciences
    October 22, 2018
  • Computer & Information Science & Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
    October 23, 2018
  • Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education & Learning
    October 25, 2018
  • Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
    October 26, 2018


Past Events

2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Informational Panel
Presented by: Office of the Provost and panelists including faculty, mentors, and student recipients
Monday, September 24th, 2018 from 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning, 35th Floor

2018 NSF-GRFP Information Sessions
Presented by: Dr. Susan Finger
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Thursday, September 6, 2018, 5:30–7 p.m.
    University of Pittsburgh, Cathedral of Learning, 35th floor
  • Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Mellon University, Connan Room, Cohon University Center




University of Pittsburgh NSF-GRFP Fellows and Honorable Mentions

   Name Year    Notes
Bankson, Brett Baribault 2018  
Braza, Mary Elizabeth Rouse 2018 Honorable Mention
Coleman, Timothy Stephen 2018 Honorable Mention
Hemler, Sarah 2018  
Herrera, Angelica Janina 2018  
Jantz, Maria Kathleen 2018 Honorable Mention
Liu, Monica Fei 2018  
Rothenhoefer, Kathryn Mae 2018 Honorable Mention
Routzong, Megan 2018  
Ryan, Amy 2018 Honorable Mention
Ryan, Amy 2018 Honorable Mention
Ackerman, Emily Elizabeth 2017 Honorable Mention
Sutton, Erin Catherine Frances 2017  
Courtney, Taylor Marie 2016  
DuPont, Caitlin Marie 2016 Honorable Mention
Hails, Katherine Adis 2016 Honorable Mention
Stevens, Erica 2016 Honorable Mention
Dziki, Jenna Lynn 2015  
Ferrer, Gerald Dave A 2015  
Forrester, Nicole Jacqueline 2015  
Sombric, Carly Jean 2015