Apply to the NSF Research Traineeship (NRT)

Who is eligible?

The NRT program is open to master’s and PhD students in the following ASU degree programs:

At this time, online degree programs are not eligible for the NRT program. Master’s students in 4+1 degree programs are ineligible to apply. Participants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents in order to receive NRT stipend support. The NRT program encourages participation by students from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities.

Application process

Master’s students (entering into their first semester of study) and PhD students (entering into, or in, their first semester of study) who meet the above eligibility requirements may apply at any time during the NRT grant program period, September 2018 – August 2023. To apply for the NRT program, students will submit an application packet.

Your NRT application packet must contain:


For questions and to submit your completed NRT application packet, contact:

Ding Ding Zheng, M.A., pronoun (she/her/hers)
Coordinator, NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program
Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living
Center for Cognitive Ubiquitous Computing (CUbiC)
[email protected]


The NRT Student Affairs Committee will review applications and interview finalists before making final acceptance decisions.

This NRT project will serve a large, diverse STEM graduate population of master’s and doctoral students at ASU, including NRT trainees with stipends and NRT trainees without stipends. If you pass the interview and have already been admitted to ASU, you may be offered a fellowship. If you have not been admitted yet, the department chair will be informed that you may receive an NRT fellowship upon acceptance into ASU.

About the program

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) grant project, Citizen-Centered Smart Cities and Smart Living, is an interdisciplinary graduate training program at Arizona State University.

Select trainees will be eligible to receive the NRT Trainee Fellowship award package. The award package is comprised of stipend support for two 12-month years (master’s and PhD students), and support through TA/RA appointments or other funding opportunities for two academic years (PhD students, only). On NRT stipend years, support must be for a continuous 12 months. The order of stipends and TA/RA positions may vary. Other forms of support are allowed.

Only U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible for stipend-supported traineeships. (Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent residents may still participate in the NRT program without NRT stipend support.) In subsequent years through the completion of their degree program, NRT Trainee Fellowship recipients are encouraged to work directly with their faculty advisor to identify funding opportunities.

Members of the NRT core team, as well as other participating faculty, will serve as faculty advisors and mentors for their students, or as committee members for other students.