National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for Juniors

Posted December 5, 2016 in Did You Know?

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for Juniors

Would you like to be fully funded for graduate school?  Many students think that they will be “fully funded” throughout their graduate programs but they really have a Teaching Assistantship (TA position) where they are paid to teach 20 hours a week.  A fellowship like the NSF GRFP is truly a fully funded award.

The NSF awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science.  This fellowship carries a stipend of $32,000 per year plus a cost of education allowance to cover tuition and fees for three years.  This is a significant graduate fellowship that affords students the freedom to focus on their research and lessen the time to degree completion.

To qualify, applicants must be US citizens, have US national status or be permanent residents, intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field. Applications become available in August and the deadlines vary by discipline but are generally due in late October and early November:

To help you prepare a competitive application UB will be hosting a series of NSF GRPF workshops this spring.  Students will learn more about how to apply for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal.  These sessions will be hosted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships along with writing consultant Dr. Jennifer Morrison, who has her PhD in writing and rhetoric.

Sessions will be held on Wednesdays: February 15th, March 1st, March 15th and March 29th.  The sessions will be offered from either 9:00am-10:00am or 3:00pm-4:00pm on each of these days.  Students are required to commit to all 4 sessions which includes beginning preparation of the 3 page past research and personal statement and 2 page research proposal.

To be considered for this program, students must complete the online application by 5pm EST on Monday, January 30th:

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at