Graduate students new to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln who also research in the STEM fields may be eligible for a fellowship through the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP). Research fields include Engineering; Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering; Materials Research; Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry; Physics and Astronomy; Social Sciences; Psychology; STEM Education and Learning; Life Sciences; and Geosciences.
Last year, over 13,000 graduate students submitted applications and the NSF made 2,000 offers (source: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/). There are many benefits to receiving an award, including three years of funding through a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 allowance that covers tuition and other costs associated with your education, and research and professional development opportunities. Additionally, receiving an NSF grant at the beginning of your career will make you a better candidate for future grants and fellowships.
Eligible graduate students for the 2014 Graduate Research Fellow Program will have either (1) started their graduate program in the Fall 2013 term or later, (2) started their graduate program in Fall 2012 and not yet earned a graduate or professional degree (like a master’s degree), or (3) been part-time students and have completed no more that 24 credits as of August 1, 2013. Additionally, applicants must be US citizens, US nationals, or permanent residents. See the NSF website for the full requirements for eligibility.
Applications consist of three reference letters; an academic transcript; and three two-page essays: a personal statement essay, a previous research experience essay, and a proposed plan of research essay. The reference letters and the essays should both address the NSF review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts. All applications must be filed through NSF’s FastLane from August to November of 2013.
For assistance in preparing your application, attend our GRFP Overview session on Wednesday, September 18 at 4:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union. Attendees will have the opportunity to receive feedback on their essays. Email Elizabeth Edwards for details.