NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Fall 2013

August 30, 2013 — The NSF GRFP is a generous and prestigious award that supports research-oriented students in a wide range of STEM and Social Science fields during their first three years of graduate school, with a $32,000 stipend plus a $12,000 Cost of Education Allowance.

To be eligible, applicants must be either rising Seniors or 1st year or 2nd year graduate students, and be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Eligible fields of study are: Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences, Material Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning Research.

National deadlines are Nov 4-8, 2013, depending on field of study. More details at

Deadlines and Workshops
Note: The NSF GRFP essays have changed significantly for this year. There are now only two essays required and the prompts have changed. See below for workshop info.

Optional Campus Deadline (to submit essays for anonymous faculty review): Oct 21, 5PM

National Deadlines: November 4-8 (Depending on field of study)


NSF GRFP Information Sessions

Thu, Aug 29, 12-1 PM
109 Disque Hall (32rd and Chestnut)

Tue, Sept 17, 3-4 PM
109 Disque Hall (32rd and Chestnut)

Wed, Oct 2, 5:30-6:30 PM EDT (Webinar)
Follow webinar live at this link

Fri, Oct 11, 2-3 PM
109 Disque Hall (32rd and Chestnut)
This workshop will be led by Rick McCourt of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University and recent NSF GRFP Program Manager.


Writing the NSF GRFP “Graduate Research Statement” Workshops
These workshops will review what to address in the Graduate Research Statement, how to get started, and revision strategies.

Tues, Oct 1, 3-4 PM
Room L33, Hagerty Library (33rd and Market)

Mon, Oct 7, 12-1 PM
2019 MacAlister (33rd and Chestnut)

Thurs, Oct 17, 5:30-6:30 PM EDT (Webinar)
Follow webinar live at this link

Mon, Oct 21, 10-11 AM
Location TBA


Writing the NSF GRFP “Personal Statement, Relevant Background and Future Goals Essay” Workshops
In these workshops we’ll talk about what a personal statement is, who your audience is, and new ways to think about both. Then we’ll work to identify and explore stories from different aspects of your life (personal, professional and/or educational) that will help you—and your reader—come to a deeper understanding of your fellowship application.

Thurs, Oct 3, 12-1:30 PM
Location TBA.

Tues, Oct 8, 8-9:30 PM (Webinar)
Registration required. Please register before Oct 7 at this link (scroll down to the Fellowship Applicants header).

Wed, Oct 16, 10-11 AM
Hagerty Library, L14 (33rd and Market)