Below is a collection of resources on winning graduates collected from experience applying for fellowships, working with students, and reviewing NSF GFRP applications.

Graduate fellowships

Below is a list of the largest and broadest graduate fellowship programs. The fellowships are listed in order of suggested focus. The NSF GRFP is the largest, broadest, and one of the most prestigious fellowship programs. If only apply for one fellowship, I recommend you apply for the NSF. Fellowships lower on the list have narrower focus and support smaller numbers of awards.

Please note, this is not a comprehensive list. In addition to these, there are many more fellowships with narrower academic, geographic, and or demographic focus. Several universities including Cornell, Duke and UCLA maintain excellent databases of graduate fellowship opportunities.


Sponsor Fellowship Deadline Notes
National Science Foundation (NSF)GRFP10/26Largest number of awards
Department of Defense (DoD)NDSEG12/18 
Department of Energy (DoE)CSGFJanuaryFor computational science
Hertz FoundationGraduate Fellowship10/30Most competitive
Paul & Daisy SorosFellowships for New Americans11/1For new americans
National Institutes of Health (NIH)F3112/8, 4/8, 8/8  
Ford FoundationFellowships Program11/20Promotes diversity
National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC)Fellowship11/30 
Department of Defense (DoD)SMART12/1