National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program & Hertz Foundation Fellowship

UW information session & panel discussion with current and former Fellows

Tuesday, May 21, 3:30-4:30pm, MGH 171



Join us to learn more about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and the Hertz Foundation Fellowship, two important graduate program funding opportunities for students studying in STEM and many social science fields. These programs are open to application from rising seniors, alumni, and graduate students within their first or second year of graduate study. Application processes occur over the summer, with deadlines in early October, so get a head start by learning from this panel of current and former UW NSF GRFP and Hertz Fellows! Panelists will share their experiences with these application processes, strategies for addressing the selection criteria, and other perspectives on program benefits.


NSF GRFP at-a-glance:

o   Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents,

o   Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study. Eligible fields include (not a complete list, please see please see for full details):

  • STEM fields: Chemistry, Computer & Information Sciences & Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Psychology, STEM Education & Learning Research
  • Social Science fields: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Communications, 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, Urban and Regional Planning

o   Undergraduate seniors and bachelor’s degree holders may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program.

o   Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program.

  • Funding overview: Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.


Hertz Foundation Fellowships at-a-glance:

  • Eligibility overview:

o   Applicants must be students of the applied physical & biological sciences, mathematics, and engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents.

o   College seniors wishing to pursue PhD degrees, as well as graduate students already in the process of doing so, may apply. Fellowships are not generally awarded to students who are already beyond their first year of graduate study.

  • Funding overview: The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award is based on merit (not need) and consists of a cost-of-education allowance and a personal-support stipend. Up to $34,000/9-month personal stipend, full tuition equivalent, renewable for up to 5 years, $5,000/year additional stipend for Fellows with dependent children, mentorship and counsel through the lifelong community of peers.



Undergraduate students and bachelor’s alumni are encouraged to connect with Emily Smith ( and myself ( in the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards for support with these application processes.


Graduate and professional students are encouraged to connect with Helene Obradovich and Michelle Sutton in the Graduate School Office of Fellowships & Awards ( for support.