We recommend you have a draft of your entire application by September 30 (what we call the “priority deadline” for this award).Having a first draft by this date gives you time to make several rounds of revisions by the final deadline. The NSF GRFP application requires three letters of recommendation, and each recommendation should tell the reviewers slightly different things about you, providing insight into your variety of qualifications for the fellowship.Applicants may apply in their senior year of undergraduate studies or in their first or second year of graduate school.
So before I go any further, I want to start by explaining the long acronym that is the title of this post and that is used ONLY in acronym form throughout academia. Now that that is covered, some basic info/opinions...
The NSF GRFP is: The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. In addition to the actual NSF GRFP website, I found Alex Lang's web page to be invaluable.
NSF GRF benefits include an annual stipend of $34,000, a full tuition waiver, cost of education allowance of $12,000 to your host institution, professional development opportunities, and XSEDE supercomputer access for Fellows and honorable mentions.
Disclaimer: The yearly specifics and official details of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) can be found on this website—this post is meant only as a helpful resource.
The Fellowships Office supports you by providing editorial assistance on your statements and helping you think about your application as a whole.
Give yourself plenty of time to write and revise several drafts of your application materials.Recent MU graduates who have received the NSF GRFP have gone onto study at the University of California-Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, Northwestern, Stanford, Washington University, and other institutions.Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents near the beginning of their graduate studies.They also tell a compelling story of what has motivated them to pursue graduate study and that they have the necessary skills and research background for their proposed research plan.The program also encourages applications from underrepresented groups (women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans) to broaden and diversity those participating in science and engineering.I am thrilled to have been awarded a fellowship and am very honored that the NSF reviewers believed in my vision for myself and the future of scientific software.It's an amazing program with a real vision for advancing high-level research in this country. Even if you think you're a long shot, the process itself is worth it - and if you don't try, you'll never know!For detailed eligibility information, check the NSF GRFP website and consult with our office.The NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees and are training to become well-rounded researchers.Reading the program solicitation is important for understanding how to talk about the grant’s two selection criteria – intellectual merit and broader impacts – throughout your application.Become familiar with the NSF grant selection criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts.