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Introduction to the NSF GRFP: Info Sessions, Workshops, and Webinars

August 15, 2014

Interested in pursuing a research career in STEM fields or social sciences? Come learn about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – a prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a wide range of STEM and social science fields during their first three years of graduate school. The award includes a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, plan on a PhD/research-oriented career, and be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

Watch this video to learn more:

The Fellowships Office will be offering a series of events and resources to Drexel students who are applying – or thinking about applying – for a NSF-GRFP. Our workshops provide students with an overview of the NSF GRFP, writing tips on the application essays, and tips from fellow students and faculty reviewers.

We look forward to seeing you! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

All events are open to Drexel students and alumni only. Many of them will also feature previous or current Drexel students who have been recipients of the NSF GRFP.


National Deadlines: October 29 – November 4 (Depending on field of study)

Optional Campus Review Deadline: October 16 at 5 p.m. 

To submit essays for anonymous internal review, send both essays in a single document to by October 16 at 5 p.m. and fill out this cover sheet.

Info Sessions on NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

The GRFP is a generous and prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in STEM and Social Science fields during their first three years of graduate school, with a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.

In this session, we will review the basics of the NSF-GRFP and consider the range of projects students have conducted with the support of an NSF grant.  

No more upcoming general info sessions. For more information, check out the Videos and Tutorials below!

Special Info Session: NSF GRFP Merit Review Panel

Learn more about the NSF Merit Review criteria and review process from recent GRFP faculty reviewers and former GRFP Program Manager, Prof. Rick McCourt.
Speakers will share firsthand experience to clarify the review process and offer advice to students applying for the GRFP this year. Lunch will be served.

Wednesday, October 8, 12-1 PM
Graduate Student Lounge, Main Building 010A

Participants include:
Professor Rick McCourt, Associate Curator of Botany, Academy of Natural Sciences and recent GRFP Program Manager
Professor Grace Hsuan, Associate Director of the Geosynthetic Research Institute and GRFP Merit Review Panelist
Professor Caroline Schauer, GRFP Merit Review Panelist
Additional participants TBA

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Application Workshops

We will have two kinds of application workshops. The first focuses on the Graduate Research Plan statement, and the second on the Personal, Relevant Experience and Future Goals Statement. Please RSVP (even last minute) to let us know you are coming to an info session. Visit our website for the most updated information.

Writing the NSF GRFP “Graduate Research Plan”

The Graduate Research Statement is where you outline a plan for future research and demonstrate that you can conceive and undertake original research that will advance knowledge in your field and have broader impacts for society. These workshops will review what to address, how to get started, and revision strategies.

Monday, October 6, 12-1 PM
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Writing the NSF GRFP “Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement”

The “Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals” essay is designed to give reviewers a sense of who you are, your experience and readiness to conduct advanced research and studies, and your research and career goals. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss how to approach this essay and work to explore your motivation, experience, and goals to help you – and your reader – gain a deeper understanding of your fellowship application.

These workshops are co-sponsored by the University Writing Program and Fellowships Office. 


Thursday, October 9, 7-8:30 PM
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This workshop will focus on revising and getting feedback on your essay.

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Videos and Tutorials

Can’t make it to one of our workshops or want to learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program? Check out these videos and tutorials created by our staff and from other sources!

The NSF GRFP Operation Center has created this great webinar overview of the program: 



Ready to apply? Watch this short video from the NSF GRFP Operation Center on How to Apply for the GRFP:


Additional Resources

We encourage all applicants to take advantage of the various on-campus and external resources to help you prepare, write and improve the caliber of your fellowship application.