The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides fellowships to students selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.
Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.
For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult section IV of the program solicitation on the NSF GRFP website. In general, students should:
- Be U.S. citizens.
- Be prepared to show demonstrated potential of significant achievements in science and engineering research.
- Be an undergraduate senior or post-baccalaureate, before beginning graduate training, or they may apply once as a graduate student; either in the first or second year of graduate school.
- Be pursuing graduate study that leads to research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in STEM or STEM education.
The NSF GRFP deadline depends on the field of study proposed in your application, but is generally in mid-October. Check section V.C of the program solicitation for the exact deadline associated with each field of study.
To prepare to submit an application, students should:
- Read through the entire program solicitation for the NSF GRFP.
- Carefully review the goals and eligibility criteria of the NSF GRFP.
- You will need at least three, and up to five, reference letters. These will be from individuals who can address your potential for contributing to a globally-engaged United States science and engineering workforce.
- Letters should address the NSF Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts (see the Reference Letters heading under section V.A of the program solicitation).
- Reference letter writers should also be prepared to address your academic potential and prior research experiences, as well as your proposed research.
- Make sure your reference letter writers are familiar with the reference letter requirements, tips, and frequently asked questions pages of the NSF GRFP website.
- Be aware that reference letters must be submitted electronically through the NSF FastLane system.
- Engage in undergraduate research at the earliest possible time. (Your first year at WSU is not too early!) To learn more about undergraduate research, visit the website for Office of Undergraduate Research. You may also take advantage of their undergraduate research peer mentoring program to discuss the research process with a mentor who is an expert in undergraduate research.
- Seek every opportunity to present or publish your research, or in some way expand your research portfolio. Present every spring at SURCA. Apply for summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs or other competitive summer research programs.
- Maintain a high GPA particularly in your major.
- Schedule a meeting with the Director of Distinguished Scholarships Program or attend one of the prestigious fellowship workshops presented by the WSU Graduate School.
|Year Offered||First (& Middle) Name||Last Name||Field of Study|
|2021||Kimberlee Frances||Hughes||Mechanical Engineering|
|2020||Rebekah||Gaxiola||Ecology (WSU Vancouver)|
|2019||Jacob Matthew||Woodbury||STEM Education and Learning Research - Science Education|
|2018||Kevin Thomas||Estelle||Mechanical Engineering|
|2018||Tyler T.||Fouty||Civil Engineering|
|2017||Jake Travis||Gray||Chemical Engineering|
|2017||Avery Anne||Lane||Biological Anthropology|
|2017||Jenny Marie||Voss||Chemical Catalysis|
|2016||Gregory Brandon||Collinge||Chemical Theory|
|2016||Cameron Jay||Hohimer||Mechanical Engineering|
|2016||Vanessa Jane||Rose||Environmental Biology|
|2015||Jessamyn Brooks||Dahmen||Computer Science|
|2014||Nicole Catherine||Clark||Cell Biology|
|2014||Aaron||Ogden||Molecular Plant Science|
|2014||Kimberly Scott||Rigano||Cell Biology|
|2014||Iva Jovanovic||Tews||Systems Engineering|
|2010||Rebecca Anne||Martin||Environmental Sciences|
|2009||Samuel M.||Gorton||Agricultural Engineering|
|2005||Katie A.||Blomster||Electrical Engineering|
|2003||Peter Joseph||Bevelacqua||Electrical Engineering|
|2002||Ethan Clark||Garner||Cell Biology|
|2002||Rebecca Lynn||Powell||Electrical Engineering|
|2000||Miki Lynn||Yamamoto||Plant Pathology|
|1993||Julie B.||Kerr||Mathematical Sciences|
|1986||Brent Arnold||Banister||Mathematical Sciences|
|1973||Walter L.||Anderson||Fish and Wildlife|
|1970||Marshall L.||Cates||Mathematical Sciences|
|1970||Denny C.||Davis||Agricultural Engineering|
|1969||Arlo M.||Murray||Political Science|
|1953||Paul A.||Johnson||Chemical Engineering|