Working at NSF

When you find a career at the National Science Foundation, you not only get a great place to work but you also have the chance to become part of cutting-edge innovation and discovery that is changing the world.

NSF's mission is to advance the progress of science, a mission accomplished by funding proposals for research and education made by scientists, engineers, and educators from across the country. Everyone at NSF plays a part in supporting the rigorous merit review process used to evaluate submissions.

People working in the science directorates maintain close contact with science and engineering communities to explore emerging opportunities and to coordinate NSF's "gold standard" merit review process in deciding where to invest NSF funds. The directorates have a rich mix of scientific and administrative staff to ensure the integrity of NSF's programs and processes. Staff in the business operations areas connect with NSF's partners in the academic, government, and private sectors, set policy around how awards are made, manage the agency's financial commitments, and handle the day-to-day operations that support the agency — from information technology to facility management to human resources.

NSF is committed to recruiting, hiring, developing, and retaining a highly qualified workforce representative of the diversity in our nation. With the support of NSF's Office of Equity and Civil Rights (OECR), employees have established several groups that meet to discuss and unite under their common interests and promote a diverse and equal work environment. Current groups include Blacks in Government, LGBTQ+ and Allies, Los Amigos, and Mental Health Advocates. Learn more about how NSF supports DEIA.

At NSF, you'll find a career that supports some of the most important and groundbreaking research and education in the world. Picture yourself at NSF and make an impact where discoveries begin.

New Employee Information

New employees are introduced to the Foundation through 1.5 days of orientation. New employees are also invited to participate in NEW, NSF's onboarding program designed to help guide you throughout your first year at the Foundation

Compensation and Benefits

NSF has competitive salaries and benefits and offers a great work environment. Learn about how NSF works for you while you're working at NSF.