2018 GRFP Deadlines

All applications are due at 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by the applicant’s mailing address.

October 23, 2017 (Monday)

  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences

October 24, 2017 (Tuesday)

  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Materials Research

October 26, 2017 (Thursday)

  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM Education and Learning

October 27, 2017 (Friday)

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy

November 2, 2017 (Thursday)

Reference letter deadline

November 3, 2017 (Friday) - Extended Reference Deadline

Reference Letters Must Be Submitted by 5:00 pm (ET) on November 3, 2017 (Friday)


Information for GRFP Applicants and Reference Writers.

For GRFP applicants and reference writers who are located in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and other islands in hurricane-impacted areas there will be an extension of the application and reference letter deadlines until 5:00 p.m., submitter’s local time, Friday December 29, 2017. Submitter’s local time is determined by the applicant's mailing address.  

Updated guidance: Natural disasters that have severely damaged power, water, and communications make it impossible to submit applications and reference letters. Therefore, GRFP has implemented a special process for individuals for whom it is impossible to submit by the published deadlines. If this applies to you, email grfp@nsf.gov with subject line: GRFP Waiver Request for 2018 Competition as soon as possible before December 29, 2017. Include your name, description of your situation, contact information, and field of study (for applicants) or name of applicant (for reference writers). Waivers will be reviewed on a case by case basis. All others must submit by the published deadlines.

Any future updates will be posted on the following webpages: https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/, https://www.nsf.gov/naturaldisasters, and https://www.nsfgrfp.org.


Important Dates

→ Late July/Early August - Program Solicitation Released

→ Early August - FastLane Application Opened

→ Late October/Early November - Application Deadlines (determined by discipline)

→ Early April - Awards Announced

→ Early May - Fellows Acceptance Deadline