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International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


The objective of the International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) is to introduce scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to international collaborative research opportunities, thereby furthering their research capacity and global perspective and forging long-term relationships with scientists, technologists and engineers abroad. These awards are available in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by the NSF.

Program contacts

October 2017

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE) has realigned the way it provides funding for international postdoctoral research fellowships.  Proposals will no longer be received by OISE's International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP). The IRFP program has been discontinued as of FY18.

Those seeking fellowship opportunities at NSF should consult the relevant NSF Directorate, and submit them directly to one of those directorate's fellowship programs (see NSF FastLane list of postdoctoral research fellowship programs).

Cassidy Burke
Program Analyst
cburke@nsf.gov (703) 292-2464
Thomasina P. Edwards
tedwards@nsf.gov (703) 292-7244
Roxanne Nikolaus
rnikolau@nsf.gov (703) 292-7578

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