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 gave a webinar last summer with some background information on the fellowship and some tips. The slides are available on Slideshare.
The best time to start preparing your application is a few months before the deadline. You will need plenty of time to edit your drafts and to get feedback from professors and your peers. I also offer personalized mentorship and essay editing for the GRFP or for graduate school applications in the form of an online course. If you are currently in graduate school, you may be able to use funds from your lab or PI to pay for this class. I also offer scholarships for low-income students. More details to come this summer.
I also can help you edit and prepare applications for graduate school. If you are interested in my GRFP/grad school essay advice and editing services, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or subscribe to my mailing list using the form here.
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