National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines Approaching

Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module at:

Applicants must first register as a FastLane user at that web site. Registration for the GRFP is only available when the application module is open, from August to November.

To create an account:

  1. Access the GRFP application by going to
  2. Click on the Graduate Research Fellowship Program tab at the top of the page. This will take you to the GRFP application within FastLane. (You can also access the page directly at
  3. Once on the GRFP site, click the Register Here link (on the right hand side of the page) to begin the Fellowship Application.
  4. You are required to read and accept the rules of behavior before continuing through the Registration Process. Click the “I have read and accept the Rules of Behavior,” and click the Accept button.
  5. The Applicant Information page will be displayed. This page will be used to create your user profile. All required information (indicated by an asterisk) must be completed in order to save the data and submit the registration form.

NOTE: Emails are the primary source of communication used by the GRFP administrators. It is important for you to use an active email address and to update the email address if it changes.
The complete set of GRFP eligibility guidelines is published in the program solicitation.

2012 GRFP Application Deadlines – submitted by 7:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time

  • November 14, 2011- Engineering
  • November 15, 2011 – Mathematical Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Materials Research
  • November 16, 2011 – Social Sciences; Psychology; Geosciences; STEM Education and Learning Research
  • November 18, 2011 – Life Sciences

Interdisciplinary applications must be submitted by the deadline for the field of study with the highest effort. If the effort is split equally among different fields, it should be submitted on the deadline for the field listed first in the Proposed Graduate Program section of the application.