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9/28/2015 NSF Grant Workshop

This workshop is for students who are interested in applying for the NSF Grant.

The workshop will be held Monday September 28th in building 87 room 3200 from 1-3 p.m. 

To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:

  • be a US citizen, US national, or permanent resident
  • intend to pursue a research-based Master's or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field
  • be enrolled in an eligible program at an accredited United States graduate institution, with a US campus, by fall 2016
  • have completed no more than twelve months of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent) as of August 1, 2015
  • meet all other eligibility requirements as set forth in the current Program Solicitation

The "no more than twelve months" limit applies to your entire education career, not just your current program. If you have completed less than twelve months of your Ph.D. but have previously completed a Master's degree, you would not be eligible for the GRFP, unless you meet the criteria for an extenuating circumstance as described in Section IV of the Program Solicitation.

Note: In the 2016 Program Solicitation, graduate coursework required to establish or maintain credentials in a profession, such as teaching, is not included in the 12-month limit.

The complete set of GRFP eligibility guidelines is published in the Program Solicitation. All applicants should read the program solicitation carefully before applying. The 2016 solicitation contains the official and only eligibility criteria for the 2016 GRFP competition.

The following categories are always ineligible for the GRFP:

  • Those who do not have US citizenship, US national status or permanent resident status by the application deadline.
  • Those who have earned any graduate or professional degree by August 1, 2015, 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 or 2) applicants who have an interruption of at least two consecutive years prior to November 1, 2015 and have completed no additional graduate study by August 1, 2015.
  • Those who were previously awarded a fellowship from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and accepted it.
  • Those who declined the offer of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and who did not notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the Fellowship.
  • Current NSF employees.



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