Selection of a Major Field of Study determines the application deadline, the broad disciplinary expertise of the reviewers who will review the application, and the discipline of the graduate program if the Fellowship is accepted. The subfield category designates specific expertise of the reviewers. Applicants can select “Other” if their specific subfield is not represented in the list of subfields under the Major Field of Study. The “Other” subfield category should be selected only if the proposed subfield is not covered by one of the listed subfields, and should not be used to designate a subfield that is more specific than the subfields listed. If the proposed subfield is not listed in the Appendix, it may not be eligible for Fellowship support.

Applicants are advised to select the Major Field of Study and Subfield in the GRFP Application Module (see Fields of Study in the Appendix of the Program Solicitation) that is most closely aligned with the proposed graduate program of study and research plan. The “Other” subfield category should be selected only if the proposed subfield is not covered by one of the listed subfields, and should not be used to designate a subfield that is more specific than the subfields listed. If the proposed subfield is not listed in the Appendix, it may not be eligible for Fellowship support.

Fellows must enroll in a graduate degree program consistent with the Major Field of Study proposed in their application in the first year of the Fellowship.

NSF welcomes applications for interdisciplinary programs of study and research; however, data on interdisciplinary study is collected for informational purposes only. Interdisciplinary research is defined as “a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice” (Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, 2004. Facilitating interdisciplinary research. National Academies. Washington: National Academy Press, p. 2).

Applications must be received by the deadline for the first Major Field of Study designated in the application.

Applications will be reviewed by experts in the first Major Field of Study listed.

The “Other” subfield category should be selected only if the proposed subfield is not covered by one of the listed subfields, and should not be used to designate a subfield that is more specific than the subfields listed. If the proposed subfield is not listed in the Appendix, it may not be eligible for Fellowship support.

You can select your Major Field in the Proposed Field of Study section of the GRFP application.

Chemistry

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Chemical Catalysis
  • Chemical Measurement and Imaging
  • Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism
  • Chemical Synthesis
  • Chemical Theory, Models and Computational Methods
  • Chemistry of Life Processes
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Environmental Chemical Systems
  • Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Sustainable Chemistry
  • Chemistry, other (specify)

Computer Science

  • Algorithms and Theoretical Foundations
  • Artificial Intellegence
  • Bioinformatics and other informatics
  • Communication and Information Theory
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Computer Architecture
  • Computer Networks
  • Computer Security and Privacy
  • Computer Systems and Embedded Systems
  • Data Mining and information retrieval
  • Data Science
  • Databases
  • Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages
  • Graphics and visualization
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Machine Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Quantum Computing and Communication
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Robotics and Computer Vision
  • Software Engineering
  • CISE, other (specify)
  • Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Energy Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
  • Quantum Engineering
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Systems Engineering
  • Wireless Engineering
  • Engineering, other (specify)

Geosciences

  • Aeronomy
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Biological Oceanography
  • Chemical Oceanography
  • Climate and Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Geobiology
  • Geochemistry
  • Geodynamics
  • Geomorphology
  • Geophysics
  • Glaciology
  • Hydrology
  • Magnetospheric Physics
  • Marine Biology
  • Marine Geology and Geophysics
  • Paleoclimate
  • Paleontology and Paleobiology
  • Petrology
  • Physical and Dynamic Meteorology
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Sedimentary Geology
  • Solar Physics
  • Tectonics
  • Geosciences, Other (specify)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genomics
  • Microbial Biology
  • Neurosciences
  • Organismal Biology
  • Physiology
  • Proteomics
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Structural Biology
  • Systematics and Biodiversity
  • Systems and Molecular Biology
  • Life Sciences, other (specify)

Materials Research

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biomaterials
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry of materials
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Electronic materials
  • Materials theory
  • Metallic materials
  • Photonic materials
  • Physics of materials
  • Polymers
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Materials Research, other (specify)

Mathematical Sciences

  • Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
  • Analysis
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biostatistics
  • Computational and Data-enabled Science
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computational Statistics
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Geometric Analysis
  • Logic or Foundations of Mathematics
  • Mathematical Biology
  • Probability
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Statistics
  • Topology
  • Mathematics, other (specify)
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Particle Physics
  • Physics of Living Systems
  • Plasma Physics
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Solid State Physics
  • Theoretical Physics
  • Physics, other (specify)

Psychology

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Comparative Psychology
  • Computational Psychology
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Perception and Psychophysics
  • Personality and Individual Differences
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Social/Affective Neuroscience
  • Quantitative Psychology
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Social/Affective Neuroscience
  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology, other (specify)
  • Anthropology, other (specify)
  • Archaeology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Decision Making and Risk Analysis
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • International Relations
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Science Policy
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Social Sciences, other (specify)
  • Anthropology, other (specify)
  • Archaeology
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Computationally Intensive Research
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Decision Making and Risk Analysis
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • International Relations
  • Law and Social Justice
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Science Policy
  • Sociology
  • Urban and Regional Planning
  • Social Sciences, other (specify)