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CSGrad4US- Fellowship Application

February 2 @ 8:00 am - May 4 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7


The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Graduate Fellowships (CSGrad4US) aim to increase the number of diverse, domestic graduate students pursuing research and innovation careers in the CISE fields: computer science, computer engineering, or information science. In particular, CSGrad4US provides an opportunity for bachelor’s degree holders who may be working in industry or other sectors to return to academia and pursue research-based doctoral degrees. In its inaugural year, a diverse cohort of 70 CSGrad4US Fellows will be selected based on their demonstrated interest and potential in pursuing a Ph.D. degree in a CISE field.

The benefits of CSGrad4US Fellowships are:

  • A year-long preparation program, in which individuals selected for the Fellowship will receive mentored support in identifying a graduate program, finding a research mentor, and applying to graduate programs; during this year, the individuals will also have opportunities to form a network with one another and with faculty advisors;
  • For those who enroll in an accredited doctoral degree-granting program at an institution of higher education having a campus located in the United States, its territories or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years out of five; and
  • Cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 per year for the three years noted above to the institution of higher education.


CSGrad4US Fellowship applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:


  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident;
  • Intend to apply for full-time enrollment in a research-based doctoral degree program in a CISE field no later than Fall 2023;
  • Have graduated with a bachelor’s degree in a CISE field between July 1, 2016, and June 31, 2019;
  • Not be enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree-granting program for a CISE discipline at the time of the application (other than a professional master’s degree program); and
  • Have never previously accepted a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

See the CSGrad4US Dear Colleague Letter for full eligibility requirements. NSF seeks candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and strongly encourages women, African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, and persons with disabilities to apply.


  • Read the CSGrad4US Dear Colleague Letter for a full description of eligibility and application requirements.
  • Go to Research.gov and register for an account. After entering your full name, email address, and primary phone number, you will receive a nine- (9-) digit NSF ID that you will need to submit your application.
  • Prepare the four application document PDFs:
    • csgrad4us-form-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: CSGrad4US Application Form, including the names of at least one reference letter writer. Applicants should separately request their reference letter writers to email letters directly to NSF at csgrad4us-ref@nsf.gov by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on May 4, 2021.
    • statements-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: Two candidate statements, totaling 5 pages:
      • Personal statement describing relevant background experience
      • Personal statement addressing underrepresentation in CISE disciplines
    • resume-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: Two- (2-) page resume
    • transcript-[your 9-digit NSF ID].pdf: All academic transcripts
  • Attach all application documents in one email to csgrad4us-app@nsf.gov with your full name and NSF ID as the subject line.Â

Please contact csgrad4us@nsf.gov with any questions about the application process.


February 2 @ 8:00 am UTC-7
May 4 @ 5:00 pm UTC-7
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