Funding: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Sessions

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study, providing 3 years of funding which includes a $30,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees. Current undergrads and alumni planning for graduate study as well as current graduate students may be eligible to apply.

Though the list of eligible fields is long, it includes:

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES – Archaeology, Anthropology, Communications, Decision Making and Risk analysis, Economics (except Business Administration), Geography, History and Philosophy of Science, International Relations, Law and Social Science, Linguistics, Political Science, Public Policy, Science Policy, Sociology (except Social Work), Urban and Regional Planning
  • STEM EDUCATION AND LEARNING RESEARCH
  • CHEMISTRY
  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
  • ENGINEERING
  • GEOSCIENCES
  • LIFE SCIENCES
  • MATERIALS RESEARCH
  • MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
  • PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
  • PSYCHOLOGY

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund 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.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage students who will have a scientific focus in their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school can apply now and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend. This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2015.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines range from early- to mid-November, 2014. Students are encouraged to start early on this process.

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 and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2015

Additional details are available at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/.

Please feel free to contact us for questions and application support, based on your student status:

For graduate and professional students:
Marilyn Gray, megray@u.washington.edu, G-1 Communications

For undergraduate students or alumni:
Robin Chang, robinc@u.washington.edu, 171 Mary Gates Hall

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