Workshop for Students interested in the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Kim Petrie
September 2, 2015

Open to First- and Second-Year Graduate Students and VU Seniors

in the Biological, Natural, and Social Sciences and Engineering

Wednesday, September 16, 5:30 p.m.

Jacobs Believed in Me Auditorium, Featheringill Hall

Refreshments and Networking afterwards in Adams Atrium


The Graduate School is hosting a workshop for students interested in or involved in the early stages of graduate study, in disciplines supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This session focuses on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), with a goal of encouraging eligible Vanderbilt students to apply for these fellowships. The GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields supported by NSF.

Eligible students are those who, as of August 1, 2015, have not yet completed more than 12 months of full-time graduate study. The GRFP is available only to U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The fellowships provide three years of financial support over a 5-year period and include an annual stipend of $34,000.

This year’s application deadlines are in late October.  Workshop topics include the NSF program guidelines and application process, competitive writing strategies, and how to get organized to meet the NSF deadline.  Panelists include current NSF Fellows at Vanderbilt and faculty who have mentored graduate students who have won NSF fellowships and/or served recently as scientific reviewers for these NSF applications. 

Following the workshop, refreshments will be served in the Adams Atrium for all current NSF Fellows and workshop participants, to network and learn more about the program and the various VU resources available to assist in writing and submitting proposals.

Students are encouraged to preview the grant guidelines to determine if they are eligible for the competition (citizenship, stage of graduate study, field of study).  The NSF program solicitation and a number of useful references are available on the NSF GRFP home page. 

Pre-registration for the September 16 workshop is encouraged.  Please use the registration form, which includes questions to confirm eligibility for the fellowship.


NSF GRFP home page:

workshop registration: