The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (https://www.nsfgrfp.org) offers fellowships to new and incoming graduate students in the sciences.
The award is very competitive with only around a 15% acceptance rate. However, if you are eligible (see the solicitation), then it is completely worth it to apply.
I will be teaching an online course covering everything that you need to know about the NSF-GRFP. I have taught workshops and courses on this fellowship for the past six years and will go over the fellowship application process in detail and share my tips for success.
2020 NSF-GRFP Online Course
What is it?
The 2020 NSF-GRFP Online Course will consist of webinars covering all aspects of the GRFP: the personal statement, proposed research statement, intellectual merit and broader impacts, the art of persuasive writing, and the reviewer’s perspective.
Who is it for?
The course is for 1st and 2nd year graduate students applying for the GRFP or senior undergraduates and others applying for graduate school and the GRFP this year.
What are the benefits?
This course will increase the competitiveness of your application through better understanding of what reviewers are looking for and through professional editing of your statements. Weekly deadlines will help you keep on top of procrastination and allow you to have plenty of time to craft a stellar application. You will also learn valuable skills such as persuasive writing and selling yourself and your science.
When is it?
Classes start August 19 and weekly webinars will run until Sept 23. The final drafts will be due 10/12, one week before the NSF deadline.
Who is the instructor?
Kelsey Wood received her PhD from UC Davis and has taught workshops on the NSF-GRFP for the past six years and has lead this course once online and several years in person at UC Davis. She has read over 100 NSF-GRFP applications and has helped many students turn their application into a winning application.
“Kelsey’s course was instrumental in getting my statements from their first drafts towards a final product I was proud of and which was ultimately funded. The personalized attention given to my application enabled me to communicate my main points more concisely and effectively. I also appreciated how the course thoroughly broke down each statement into its component parts, which made the writing process much more approachable.” – Alex Majane, UC Davis, NSF-GRF ’19
How much does it cost?
The course costs $480, which can be paid in monthly installments. This fee can often be covered by your PI if you are in a lab. If you are not and have financial need, then scholarships are available. Sign up today.
Some great online NSF-GRFP Resources:
- Christine Liu’s advice: http://www.christineliuart.com/writing/2018/8/31/advice-for-applying-to-the-nsf-grfp
- Alex Hunter Lang’s website (lot’s of example essays): https://www.alexhunterlang.com/nsf-fellowship
- Twitter has tons of advice: https://twitter.com/__katrinarenee/status/1026129135175905280?s=20
- My winning application from 2014 with reviewer feedback: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18kLqZYMP3jgBU5bb1Ybv0s4jfaN0muN4/view?usp=sharing