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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has long represented an important pillar in the support of early-career research pathways; this is true now more than ever.

This latest GRFP solicitation encourages and accepts applications in social science, and the review process will as always have a foundation based on individual merit. This year’s GRFP deadline is October 20, 2020, for social science. Learn more by visiting the following URL: 

Purdue graduate students in social science have been successful recipients of this prestigious grant competition. All eligible social science graduate students and their mentors are encouraged to consider applying. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the quality, vitality, and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, social science, or (STEM). The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, as well as undergraduate seniors to apply.


  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based master’s or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in Social Science, STEM or STEM education
  • Have never previously accepted a Graduate Research Fellowship
  • If previously offered a Graduate Research Fellowship, have declined by the acceptance deadline
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a doctoral or terminal degree in any field
  • Have never earned a master’s or professional degree (see joint bachelor’s-master’s degree information below) in any field, or completed more than one academic year in a graduate degree-granting program, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two (2) or more consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline, and; (ii) are not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
  • Not be a current NSF employee

Eligible fields:

  • 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 Science
  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Public Policy Science Policy
  • Sociology

For direct questions to NSF, please contact the following:

GRF Operations Center, phone (866) 673-4737, email:

Jong-on Hahm, Ph.D., Program Director, phone: (866) 673-4737

Christopher Hill, Ph.D., Program Director, phone: (866) 673-4737

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