The 2009 National Science Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP) application is expected to open in August 2008 and close early November 2008. Benefits include a $30,000 annual stipend, a $10,500 annual cost of education allowance, a one time $1,000 travel allowance, and access to TeraGrid supercomputing facilities. U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents at or near the beginning of their graduate study seeking research-based Master's and/or PhD degrees in NSF-supported science (including social science and psychology) and engineering disciplines are eligible to apply.
The GRFP is sponsored by the NSF, which is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense..." With an annual budget of about $6.06 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
Complete List of GRFP Supported Fields
HISTORY OF SCIENCE
CIVIL & ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING
BIOCHEMISTRY, BIOPHYSICS & STRUCTURAL BIOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE SCIENCES
GENETICS & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
MICROBIOLOGY & CELL BIOLOGY
MOLECULAR & DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY
NEUROSCIENCES & PHYSIOLOGY
PLANT & OTHER LIFE SCIENCES