Primary Field

In preparing and submitting your GRFP application, you will need to clearly indicate your primary field of study. Your primary field of study will help determine the due date for your application submission. In addition, it will be used to assign your application to a specific review panel since NSF assembles many different review panels for evaluating the GRFP application and each panel is assigned applications for a single primary field of study.

On the GRFP application portal, a broad array of selection prompts is provided that allow identification of primary field at the disciplinary level (e.g., chemistry, computer and information science and engineering, engineering, etc.) and at the specialization level (aerospace engineering, bioengineering, chemical engineering, etc.). Be thoughtful in selecting the primary field that is most closely aligned with the scientific and technical aspects proposed in your application. The students seeking to pursue graduate studies at NYU Tandon School of Engineering in following majors will find similarly named primary fields. If your NYU Tandon graduate major is not listed below, please review primary field prompts at the specialization level in the link given below.

Primary fields of importance with respect to the NYU Tandon School of Engineering are mentioned below:

  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biotechnology (see primary field Bioengineering)
  • Biotechnology & Entrepreneurship (see primary field Bioengineering)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (see primary field Bioengineering or Chemical Engineering)
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity (see primary field Computer Security and Privacy)
  • Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy (see primary field Computer Security and Privacy)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering (see primary field Computer Engineering or Electrical Engineering)
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Science (see primary field Environmental Engineering)
  • Financial Engineering (see primary field Decision Making and Risk Analysis)
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Integrated Digital Media (see primary field Human Computer Interaction)
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronics & Robotics (see primary field Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or Robotics & Computer Vision)

For the complete list of primary fields please check GRFP website.