Applying to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): A Student-Perspective

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) supports outstanding students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported STEM fields in the U.S. The program aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforce its diversity. GRFP Fellowships are awarded through a national competition to senior undergraduate and graduate students, and provide 3 years of funding for their graduate education in a STEM field, which is usable over a 5-year period at any accredited institution in the U.S.

This webinar will provide an overview of the NSF GRFP program and strategies for developing a competitive application, followed by a question and answer session with recent GRFP award recipients. The webinar will focus on many aspects of the application process including: how to craft competitive application package components such as the personal and research statements, how to decide on the most appropriate field of study to which an applicant might apply, and reflect on how to secure supportive reference letters.

Introduction and overview of the NSF GRFP by:
Susan Brennan Ph.D.
Professor, Cognitive Science Program at Stony Brook University;
SUNY Research Fellow for Innovation in Graduate Education; and
Former NSF GRFP Program Director

Kristina Butler, Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin
Nan Qiu, Chemistry, University of Florida
Ross Soens, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Learn about the program and how to submit a competitive application on 17 May at 3 PM EDT.

Register for the webinar today!


This webinar is co-organized by scientific societies committed to enhancing the professional development of early-career scientists. This event is hosted by the American Geophysical Union, with media partners American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, American Society for Cell Biology,, and Professional Development Hub.


Starts: May 17, 2022 3:00 pm EDT

Ends: May 17, 2022 4:30 pm EDT