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August 30, 2023

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program series begins today

Submitted by Mike Sellman

First and second-year graduate students and seniors planning to attend graduate school are invited to attend a virtual information session at 3:30 p.m. today, Aug. 30, to learn about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or GRFP.

The session is being hosted by the Graduate School, the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships, and the Office of Research Development. Please register to receive Zoom meeting information.

The purpose of GRFP is to continue maintaining quality, vitality and diversity in the scientific and engineering workforce throughout the U.S. The NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, social sciences and STEM education. The range of eligible disciplines is very broad. See a full list of eligible areas of study in the appendix of the program solicitation.

The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support consisting of an annual $37,000 stipend and $12,000 for tuition. Fellows have access to supplemental funding to sustain research during medical deferral, and there's no postgraduate study service requirement.  

Students interested in applying for the GRFP should first make sure they meet the eligibility requirements. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and they must be in an eligible field of study. Graduate students can apply only once, and it must be in the first two years of their graduate studies.

Students who plan to apply for the GRFP this year or next year are encouraged to attend today's information session. Faculty members mentoring students who are eligible for the GRFP are also encouraged to attend the session. Please register to receive Zoom meeting information. 

In addition to today's information session, students who are applying for the GRFP this year are encouraged to attend more in-depth sessions presented by Beth Powers, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships.

"Putting together a competitive NSF GRFP application" will be offered from 4-5 p.m. on Sept. 5 by Zoom and in person from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 8 in 247 Leadership Studies Building. Students will also have an opportunity to strengthen their application personal statement in a writing workshop from 12:30-2 p.m. on Sept. 15 in 247 Leadership Studies. Virtual participation is also available.

Additional information about these sessions and registration links are available on the Graduate Student Council Professional Development Series webpage.