This event presents strategies and tips from current and former NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) fellows and honorable mentions for preparing a GRFP Application. This workshop is reccommended for rising 1st and 2nd year UVA engineering graduate students considering applying for the fellowship this fall. It will cover how to plan out an application, tips for success, discussion of how to decide whether you should apply as a first or second year student, and more.
There will be snacks.
Also see our fellowship proposal writing resources.
About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Synopsis of Program:
The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.
Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period. Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.
Who can apply? (See the Program Solicitation for complete details)
Applicants must self-certify that they are eligible to receive the Fellowship. To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following eligibility criteria by the application deadline:
- Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
- Intend to enroll or be enrolled full-time in a research-based graduate degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education (See Appendix and Section IV.3 for eligible Fields of Study)
- Have never previously accepted a GRFP award
- If previously offered a GRFP award, have declined by the deadline
- Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
- Have never earned a doctoral degree
- Have never earned a master's, professional, or bachelor's-master's degree in any field, unless returning to graduate study after an interruption of at least two (2) years
- Not be a current NSF employee
- Effective with the 2020 competition (Fall 2019 deadline), individuals pursuing a master’s degree simultaneously with the bachelor’s degree (joint bachelor’s-master’s degree) will be limited to one application to GRFP; they will not be eligible to apply as a doctoral degree student. Individuals in this category applying in the 2019 competition (Fall 2018 deadline) will have one more opportunity to apply as first-year doctoral students in the 2020 competition.
Number of Times Individuals May Apply
- Undergraduate seniors and bachelor's degree holders may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program.
- Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program.
- Effective with the 2020 competition (Fall 2019 deadline), individuals pursuing a master's degree simultaneously with the bachelor's degree (joint bachelor's-master's degree) will be limited to one application to GRFP; they will not be eligible to apply again as a doctoral degree student. Individuals in this category applying in the 2019 competition (Fall 2018 deadline) will have one more opportunity to apply as first-year doctoral students in the 2020 competition (Fall 2019 deadline).
- Individuals holding joint bachelor's-master's degrees who have not previously applied as graduate students may apply as first-year doctoral students in the 2019 competition.
- Applications withdrawn by November 15 of the application year do not count toward the one-time graduate application limit. Applications withdrawn after November 15 count toward this one-time limit.
- Applications not reviewed by NSF (returned without review) do not count toward the one-time graduate application limit.
- There is a limited opportunity for returning graduate students to apply for a graduate research fellowship. Individuals who have (i) completed more than one academic year in a degree-granting program, (ii) earned a previous master's degree of any kind (including bachelor's-master's degree), or (iii) earned a professional degree (e.g., law, medicine) are eligible only if:
- they have had a continuous interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years immediately prior to the application deadline; and
- are not enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at the application deadline.
Fellowship deadlines (submit in advance of these dates):
October 21, 2019
Life Sciences, Geosciences
October 22, 2019
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
October 24, 2019
Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
October 25, 2019
Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy