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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Workshops

August 5, 2013

The NSF GRFP is a generous and 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, with 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, and be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Material Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

National deadlines are Nov 4-8, depending on field of study. More details at       

Deadlines and Workshops

Note: The NSF GRFP essays have changed significantly for this year. There are now only two essays required and the prompts have changed. See below for workshop info.


Optional Campus Deadline:
(to submit essays for anonymous faculty review): October 21st at 5 p.m. For internal review, submit both essays in a single document to by October 21st at 5 p.m. and fill out this cover sheet.

National Deadlines
: Nov 4-8 (Depending on field of study)

Writing the NSF GRFP “Graduate Research Statement” Workshops

These workshops will review what to address in the Graduate Research Statement, how to get started, and revision strategies.

All of the Graduate Research Statement workshops have taken place at this point. For more information, please email

Writing the NSF GRFP “Personal Statement, Relevant Background and Future Goals Essay” Workshops

In these workshops we’ll talk about what a personal statement is, who your audience is, and new ways to think about both. Then we’ll work to identify and explore stories from different aspects of your life (personal, professional and/or educational) that will help you—and your reader—come to a deeper understanding of your fellowship application. 

All of the Personal Statement workshops have taken place at this point. For more information, please email Rachel Wenrick at