The purpose of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.  NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.  See links here for more information on the program, award, eligibility, application preparation and submission, application review, and administration:

The fellowship is competitive, and those planning to apply should devote sincere effort to their application.  The due dates are in October 2020, with the deadline of October 19, 2020 for the Life Sciences.  The Grant Writing Academy and Stanford Biosciences are here to help you through the process.  See below for summer 2020 resources as preparation.  We encourage your participation.

Helpful Links:

Writing the Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement: https://fellowships.missouri.edu/personal-relevant-background-and-future-goals-statement-2/

Writing the Graduate Research Plan Statement: https://fellowships.missouri.edu/personal-relevant-background-and-future-goals-statement/

NSF GRFP Roadmap Course

Led by Alan Paul and Patrick Ryan, Giant Angstrom We analyzed hundreds of essays to find the difference between winning and honorable mention: both are trusted, but winners are loved.  To win, you need to create a personal connection with the reviewers.  Use plot and narrative theory to craft a… Continue reading »

NSF GRFP Peer-to-Peer Mentoring

Stanford Biosciences Student Association (SBSA) matches NSF GRFP applicants to recent awardees/honorable mentions and facilitates productive, professional relationships between pairs vie e-mail, virtual and in-person communication. The goal of this program is to provide supportive, individualized… Continue reading »

Grant Writing Academy-Online Workshop Series

In August, Grant Writing Academy (GWA) will lead a series of workshops on the below topics for incoming first years and rising second years.  All topics will help you with NSF GRFP preparation and graduate training.  Please sign up with the form below if you are interested in participating.… Continue reading »

NSF GRFP Faculty Facilitators

Each Stanford Biosciences Home Program has designated faculty to help students develop strong NSF GRFP proposals. These NSF GRFP Faculty Facilitators are committed to helping you! Their roles include: Ensuring eligible students have access to all the resources necessary to successfully complete both… Continue reading »

NSF GRFP Stanford Resources

Take stock of Stanford’s existing programs, partners and resources that can be helpful as you think through the “broader impacts” criteria for your NSF application. ORGANIZING AROUND SCIENCE LABSci: LABSci is a collaboration between the Spakowitz Lab at Stanford University, and Kathy Ho’s… Continue reading »