NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Info Session & Panel

by School of Graduate Studies


Thu, Sep 5, 2019

12 PM – 1 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room (second floor)

2040 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH, United States

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Join us for an information session and panel discussion on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) on Thursday, September 5, 12:00pm-1:00 p.m. in the Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room (second floor). Lunch will be served.

The panel will include:

  • Current CWRU Student NSF GRFP Awardees
  • Faculty Members who have served on national review and NSF GRFP panels

The fellowship awardees will talk about their experiences in applying for the grant, who they talked to, what they learned through the process, etc. The faculty will discuss what reviewers are looking for in the grant application.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported Chemistry, Computer & Information, Science/Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. More details on Fields of Study can be found here (towards the bottom of the page).

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited academic institution in the US, its territories, possessions, and Puerto Rico.

Eligible Applicants:
Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Academic Level:
Only one level can apply

  • Level 1: Undergrad/Bachelor's
    Current Senior, or completed Bachelor's degree; never enrolled in graduate degree program, ready to enroll full-time by Fall 2020.
  • Level 2: 1st year grad student* **
    Current first year graduate student in eligible Field of Study at US academic institution.
  • Level 3: 2nd year grad student** **
    No more than one academic year of graduate study in eligible Field of Study at US academic institution (by August 1, 2019)
  • Level 4: Returning grad student***
    NOT enrolled in graduate school. Two-years post Master's degree. No terminal (doctoral) degree holders.


*Individuals pursuing a master's degree simultaneously with the bachelor's degree (joint bachelor's-master's degree) must have completed three years in the joint program and are limited to one application to GRFP; they will not be eligible to apply again as a doctoral degree student. Individuals in this category who applied in the FY2019 competition (Fall 2018 deadline) are eligible to apply as first-year doctoral students only in the 2020 competition if they meet all other eligibility requirements.

**Applicants must not have completed more than one academic year of graduate study as defined by the universities attended, as of the application deadline. Pre-graduate participation in summer activities (e.g., bridge programs, field studies, lab rotations) offered by a graduate program prior to the start of the fall graduate program is not included in this total.

**Graduate coursework taken without being enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program is not counted in this limit.

***Applicants re-entering graduate study: applicants who have completed more than one academic year of graduate study or earned a previous graduate or professional degree are eligible only if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years immediately prior to the application deadline, and are not enrolled in a graduate program at the deadline. Applicants must not have engaged in any graduate coursework during the interruption. Applicants should address the reasons for the interruption in graduate study in the Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement.

Fellowship Application Deadline(s)
Applications must be received by 5 p.m. local time as determined by the applicant’s mailing address:

October 21, 2019 (Monday)

  • Geosciences
  • Life Sciences

October 22, 2019 (Tuesday)

  • Computer and Information Science and Engineering
  • Engineering
  • Materials Research

October 24, 2019 (Thursday)

  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM Education and Learning

October 25, 2019 (Friday)

  • Chemistry
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Physics and Astronomy

November 1, 2019 (Friday)

Reference Letter Deadline
Reference Letters Must Be Submitted by 5:00 pm (ET) on November 1, 2019 (Friday)

Food Provided (Lunch will be provided)


Adelbert Hall, Toepfer Room (second floor)

2040 Adelbert Road, Cleveland, OH, United States

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