Funding: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program info sessions

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

RSVP to attend (though drop-ins are welcome)

  • Thursday, May 24, 2018, 4:30-6pm, MGH 171
  • Wednesday, May 30, 2018, 12:30-2pm, MGH 171

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 $34,000 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 (see the complete list at https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16588/nsf16588.htm#appendix). We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Rising seniors, graduating seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school starting in fall 2019 can apply this year and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2018 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2019.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2019.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines are usually late October. Even though the application may not officially open until August, students are strongly 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 2019

Additional details are available at http://www.nsfgrfp.org/ and http://grad.uw.edu/graduate-student-funding/for-students/fellowships/list-of-fellowships/nsf-graduate-research-fellowship-program-grfp/.

Please feel free to contact us for questions and application support, based on your student status:
Undergraduate students & alumni:   Robin Chang, robinc@uw.edu; and Emily Smith, emilys42@uw.edu
Graduate Students: Helene Obradovich and Michelle Drapek, gradappt@uw.edu

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