Fellow Resources

Administrative Guide

For more information regarding the expectations and guidelines of being a NSF GRFP Fellow, fellows and coordinating officials alike are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Administrative Guide. It details the responsibilities of both the fellow and their GRFP institution to ensure a successful tenure within the program.


GRFP Fellows have access to a number of unique opportunities during their tenure as fellows. These additional prospects include: 

  • The Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) expands opportunities for U.S. graduate students to engage in international research collaboration. GROW is open only to recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Application opening later in Fall 2017.
  • The Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP) expands opportunities for NSF Graduate Fellows to enhance their professional development by engaging in mission related research experiences with partner agencies across the federal government.  GRIP is open only to NSF Graduate Fellows, recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award. Application open now.
  • The SBE Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, through the National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES), and the SBE Office of Multidisciplinary Activities (SMA) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research.
  • The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), a program that provides non-dilutive funds for early-stage research and development (R&D) at small businesses. This R&D should be based on transformational technology with high technical risk and potential for significant societal or commercial impact.

Additionally, fellows have access to cyber infrastructure resources through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).


Fellow Kerrie O’Donnell from Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre prepares to conduct a night time, underwater measurement of the tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes) in the Danajon Bank region of the Republic of the Philippines. Collecting size and reproductive state data on wild seahorses allows us to better understand how fishing impacts seahorse populations; information desperately needed to develop practical recovery options for sustainable seahorse fisheries.