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

Fellowships to USA Graduate Students
for STEM and STEM Education Degrees

Agency Type:

Federal

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

10/26/18 5:00 PM; All Deadlines: Life Sciences, Geosciences - 10/22/18; Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research - 10/23/18; Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning - 10/25/18; Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy - 10/26/2018

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Fellowships to USA and territories students to support doctoral or master’s degree research in the STEM fields, as well as STEM education. This program selects students early in their graduate careers according to a demonstrated potential for significant achievements in STEM research of STEM education.

Three years of support is provided by the program for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.

The program goals are: 1) to select, recognize, and financially support, early in their careers, individuals with the demonstrated potential to be high achieving scientists and engineers, and 2) to broaden participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthrough discoveries in science and engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.

Program Description:

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards Fellowships for graduate study leading to research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM or in STEM education. GRFP supports individuals proposing a comprehensive holistic plan for graduate education that takes into account individual interests and competencies. A holistic plan describes the experiences, attributes, and academic achievements that, when considered in combination, show how the applicant has demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in STEM or in STEM education. Thus, an applicant must provide a detailed profile of her or his relevant educational and research experiences and plans for graduate education in such a way as to demonstrate this potential for significant achievements.

Prospective applicants are advised that submission of an application implies their intent to pursue graduate study in a research-based program in STEM or STEM education. All applicants are expected to either be enrolled in a research based master’s or doctoral program or have adequate preparation to begin graduate-level study and research by summer or fall of the year the award is accepted. From the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship, applicants accepting the award (Fellows) must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Over the course of the five-year GRFP fellowship period, Fellows are encouraged to apply for professional development opportunities offered through the program: Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide, or GROW, and the Graduate Research Internship Program, or GRIP. GROW provides supplemental funding for Fellows to take advantage of expertise, facilities, data, and field sites located abroad; to develop an international network of collaborators early in their career; to address problems of a global nature that require international cooperation; and to be prepared to collaborate successfully in international teams upon joining the United States science and engineering workforce. GRIP provides supplemental funding for Fellows to participate in mission-related, collaborative research under the guidance of host research mentors at federal facilities and national laboratories. In addition to developing research expertise, Fellows can enhance their professional skills, develop new networks, and prepare for a wide array of career options in areas of national needs. GROW and GRIP are critical opportunities that contribute to NSF's overall strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the Nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation.

Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities to work on NSF-supported projects as described in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG; NSF 17-1), Chapter II.D.4. Fellows with disabilities may apply for assistance after consulting the instructions in the document NSF 16-104: Administrative Guide for Fellows and GRFP Coordinating Officials.

The GRFP supports the NSF Career-Life Balance Initiative (NSF 13-099) by offering limited paid and unpaid leave options for Fellows facing dependent-care issues (childbirth/adoption and elder care). NSF enables career-life balance through a variety of mechanisms.

Fellows may request access to cyberinfrastructure resources, including supercomputing time, through the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).

Honorable Mention:

The NSF accords Honorable Mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive Fellowship awards. This is considered a significant national academic achievement.

Graduate students with Honorable Mention may request access to XSEDE cyberinfrastructure resources in support of research undertaken toward completion of the graduate program of study that occurs within the 5-year period following receipt of Honorable Mention.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181918

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$138,000

Number of Grants:

The NSF expects to award 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year under this program solicitation pending availability of funds.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Currently, NSF provides a stipend of $34,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Term of Contract:

Each Fellowship consists of three years of support during a five-year fellowship period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program in science or engineering is required at the time of Fellowship acceptance, no later than May 1 of the year the award is accepted. Prospective Fellows must enroll in a university, college, or nonprofit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that offers advanced degrees in STEM or STEM education no later than fall of the year the award is accepted. All Fellows from the date of Acceptance through Completion or Termination of the Fellowship must be affiliated with a graduate degree-granting institution accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Categories of applicants that are ineligible:

-Those who do not hold United States citizenship, national, or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
-Those who were previously awarded a Fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
-Those who did not accept the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and failed to notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
-Those who have completed the requirements for any graduate or professional degree by August 1 of the year the application is submitted, except 1) applicants who have completed a joint baccalaureate-master's (BS/MS) program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program unless the graduate coursework was required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching; or 2) applicants that have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1 of the year the application is submitted and have completed no additional graduate study as of August 1 of the year the application is submitted.
-Current NSF employees.

Additional Eligibility Info:

Described in detail below are the three defining eligibility requirements for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program: (1) U. S. citizenship, (2) degree requirements, and (3) field of study. Applicants are advised to read the entire program solicitation carefully to ensure that the requirements are understood. Applicants must self-certify that they plan to pursue or are pursuing a graduate degree in a supported field of study and that they meet all eligibility criteria for GRFP.

1. Citizenship

Applicants must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the United States by the application deadline.

The term "national" designates a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States, such as American Samoa. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has applied for United States citizenship and who has not received U.S. citizenship by the application deadline.

2. Degree Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply: 1) as undergraduates or post baccalaureates not enrolled in graduate school and who will have adequate preparation to attend graduate school in the fall that begins after they apply to GRFP; or 2) as graduate students who have not completed more than 12 months of a graduate program in a supported field of study.

Below are additional guidelines to determine eligibility:

a) Not Currently Enrolled in Graduate School:

-No prior graduate school enrollment

-Undergraduate students typically apply prior to starting a graduate program, which is usually in the fall of their senior year or the fall of the academic year that they anticipate receiving a bachelor’s degree.

-At the time of application, undergraduate student applicants are expected to be on track to receive a bachelor's degree prior to fall of the following year to demonstrate adequate preparation to begin graduate study and research by the following fall.

-Bachelor's degree holders without any graduate study can apply at any time.

With prior graduate school enrollment:

-As a general rule, applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as defined by the universities attended as of August 1 of the year the GRFP application is submitted.

-All graduate, post-baccalaureate and professional study is counted towards the allowed 12 months of graduate study, including all full-time and part-time master’s and doctoral degree programs, and non-degree graduate-level and professional coursework. The one exception is for graduate coursework required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching; such coursework is not included in the 12-month limit.

-Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study or have 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 prior to November 1 of the year the application is submitted. To be eligible, applicants must have completed no additional graduate study by August 1 of that year. Applicants must address the reasons for the interruption in graduate study in the Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement.

-Applicants in joint BS/MS programs are eligible to apply prior to completion of any further graduate study. The bachelor’s degree must be conferred before fall of the award year. Joint baccalaureate-master’s programs are those where an institution offers students admission to both an undergraduate and graduate degree program concurrently. Pursuing separate undergraduate and master’s degrees at the same institution does not constitute a joint baccalaureate-master’s program. Completion of any graduate study outside of the joint program disqualifies an applicant unless the graduate coursework is required to maintain (non-degree) skills or credentials in a profession such as teaching; such coursework is not included in the 12-month limit.

-Applicants in joint BS/MS programs, are eligible to apply in the final year of their program or after completion of the program.

b) Currently Enrolled in Graduate School

Part time:

-Graduate students who are enrolled in part-time graduate study (or a combination of part-time and full-time graduate study) can apply before completing more than 24 semester hours or 36 quarter hours or their equivalent.

Full time:

-Applicants must not have completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate, post-baccalaureate graduate, and professional study by August 1, of the year the application is submitted. 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 are not included in this total.

-There is no credit hour limit for students who have completed only full-time graduate study; eligibility for full-time students is based on the length of time enrolled in the graduate program.

-All graduate, post-baccalaureate and professional study is counted towards the allowed 12 months of graduate study, including all full-time and part-time master’s and doctoral degree programs, and non-degree graduate-level and professional coursework. The one exception is for graduate coursework required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession such as teaching; such coursework is not included in the 12-month limit.

Field of Study:

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. An individual's proposed research and graduate study must be in a STEM field or in STEM education. Fellows must enroll in a graduate degree program consistent with the relevant field of study proposed in their application and to undertake a course of study leading to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree. The guidelines below should be used to assess eligibility according to the field of study. Applicants are encouraged to carefully read the exceptions, as applications ruled ineligible will be returned without review.

The following programs, areas of graduate study, and research are ineligible for Fellowship support.

Individuals are not eligible to apply if they will be enrolled in a practice-oriented professional degree program such as medical, dental, law, and public health at any time during the fellowship. Examples of typically ineligible degree programs include MBA, MPH, MSW, JD, MD, and DDS. Joint or combined professional degree-science programs (e.g., MD/PhD or JD/PhD) and dual professional degree-science programs are also not eligible. Applicants who will be enrolled in a graduate degree program while on a leave of absence from a professional degree program or professional degree/graduate degree joint program are not eligible for a Graduate Research Fellowship.

Individuals are not eligible to apply if they will be enrolled in an area of graduate study focused on clinical practice, for example, counseling, social work, as well as patient-oriented research, epidemiological and medical behavioral studies, outcomes research and health services research. Ineligible clinical studies include investigations to provide evidence leading to a scientific basis for consideration of a change in health policy or standard of care, and includes pharmacologic, non-pharmacologic, and behavioral interventions for disease prevention, prophylaxis, diagnosis, or therapy. Graduate study focused on community and other population-based medical intervention trials are also ineligible.

Individuals are not eligible to apply if they will conduct biomedical research for which the goals are directly health- related, such as etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in humans and other animals. Research activities using animal models of disease, for developing or testing of drugs or other procedures for treatment of disease, and statistical modeling for which the purpose is diagnosis or epidemiology also are not eligible for support. There are areas of bioengineering research directed at medical use that are eligible. These include research projects in bioengineering to aid persons with disabilities, or to diagnose or treat human disease, provided they apply engineering principles to problems in medicine while primarily advancing engineering knowledge. Applicants planning to study and conduct research in these areas of bioengineering should select biomedical engineering as the field of study.

Pre-Application Information:

Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module according to the deadline corresponding with the Primary Field of Study selected in the application.

Applications must be received by 5:00 PM local time, as determined by the applicant’s mailing address provided in the application.

Application Deadline(s) (received by 5 p.m. local time of applicant’s mailing address):

-October 22, 2018: Life Sciences, Geosciences
-October 23, 2018: Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research
-October 25, 2018: Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning
-October 26, 2018: Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

Reference letters must be submitted electronically by the reference writers through the FastLane GRFP Application Module and must be received by the reference letter deadline. If fewer than two reference letters (none or one) are received by the reference letter deadline, the application will be returned without review.

Reference letters are due at 5:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on:
-2018: November 1 (Thursday)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Register with FastLane to apply:
https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/fastlane.jsp

Susan Brennan
(866) 673-4737
info@nsfgrfp.org

Erick Jones
(866) 673-4737
info@nsfgrfp.org

Gisele Muller-Parker
(866) 673-4737
info@nsfgrfp.org

CFDA Number:

47.041 - Engineering / 47.049 - Mathematical and Physical Sciences / 47.050 - Geosciences / 47.070 - Computer and Information Science and Engineering / 47.074 - Biological Sciences / 47.075 - Social Behavioral and Economic Sciences / 47.076 - Education and Human Resources / 47.079 - Office of International Science and Engineering / 47.083 - Office of Integrative Activities (OIA)

Funding or Pin Number:

NSF 16-588

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)