NSF Graduate Fellowships

We want to encourage students to apply for NSF graduate fellowships Generally eligible applicants are college seniors heading to graduate school, and first- and second- year graduate students (there are a few additional exceptional cases). As the note below says (from my program officer at NSF), the success rate is held constant across disciplines, so the more GEO applications, the more GEO graduate fellowships. And the success rate used to be more like 10%, so a rate of 17% is very good! Our department has been quite successful with NSF graduate fellowships in the past, and we can organize some mentoring for those who plan to apply.


Dear All (from Rich Lane in NSF EAR division):

NSF has offered the Graduate Research Fellow Program (GRFP) for many years. Info on the Fellows is available via the GRFP webpage athttps://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp. Click on Award Offers and Honorable Mentions List, click the Field of Study column heading twice, and then go to the bottom of page 55. GEO-related Fellows start near the bottom of the page with Aeronomy, Atmospheric Chemistry, Biogeochemistry, etc.

Only 95 of the more than 2,000 Fellows were GEO-related. Applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels and the success rate is held constant across panels. While success rates are low (17% for 2012), it is important to realize that the more applications that go to the Geosciences panel, the more GEO-related GRFP Fellows will be supported. The larger the denominator, the larger the numerator!

The general GRFP webpage is at http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201.

The 2013 solicitation, which was released several days ago, is at

The application deadline for Geosciences is November 19.

Please alert your graduate students about this opportunity!