Fellowship Opportunity: NSF GRFP for social sciences, sciences, engineering, etc

We are giving an information session this week on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). This is a great opportunity for them to begin to think about putting an application together for the upcoming cycle, to get questions answered about the application process, and to learn more about how the fellowship can help support their academic career.

While there may be an assumption this funding would be only for the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), there are a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology. We encourage you to have students who have a scientific focus in their research look into this fellowship.

We strongly encourage all eligible students to apply for this fellowship, even if they already have a guarantee of funding from your academic program. Students apply for this opportunity directly and individually to NSF; applications are not routed through the UW.

Landing such funding not only provides students with flexibility, it also provides departments with funding flexibility.

We would also welcome your attendance at this. Finally, if you plan to hold your own information sessions about this program, we would be happy to attend and discuss how the award works at the UW as well as strategies about applying. Fellows who hold the GRFP are managed through the Graduate School, and we are very familiar with the entire program and successful approaches to the application process. Just let us know if you’re interested.


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

We will offer the following sessions this week:

Monday, October 1, 2012, 11:30-12:30, Research Commons in Allen Library

NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study. It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame. This includes a $30,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered. For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

The information session will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates. Application deadlines range from November 13-19, 2012. Students should start their applications now.

Full information on the NSF GRFP, including a link to the official program solicitation, is here: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

Basic eligibility criteria:

*research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)

*US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline

*students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)

*students who have not earned a previous graduate degree

*graduating senior undergraduates who plan to apply to and begin graduate student by next fall

Full eligibility information is detailed in the program solicitation: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2012/nsf12599/nsf12599.htm

If you can’t attend a session but are interested in applying and want further information, do not hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

Marilyn Gray

Assistant Director

Fellowships & Awards

The Graduate School