This is an outline on applying for the national science foundation graduate research fellowship program (nsf grfp) the side if you cannot locate an essay within your field, try looking up past winners and emailing them pursuing research-based ms or phd in nsf fields - accepted fields based on solicitation. When i applied for the nsf-grfp, i found it very helpful to read over past successful applicants' experiences and have a look at their essays i told myself that if i received the fellowship, i would do the same for future applicants i applied twice, and got it on the second try i sincerely hope. You must provide specific details in this essay that address both the nsf merit review criteria of intellectual merit and broader impacts in order for your application to be competitive please refer to the program announcement for further information on the nsf merit review criteria previous research. Fellowship tenure and how you became interested in the topic • your statement should demonstrate your understanding of research design and methodology and explain the relationship to your previous research, if any • you must provide specific details in this essay that address both the nsf merit review criteria of. Before 2013 (and when astrobites last touched upon this fellowship), the nsf required 3 essays: a personal statement, a summary of past research and a proposed graduate research project the application now requires two essays: a personal statement (3 pages) and a proposed graduate research.
In these sessions, we will analyze previous winning essays, discuss best practices, brainstorm ideas and organization of your own essay, etc note, you can look at previous winning nsf grfp essay examples, such as those posted here (only available to users on the university of utah campus) or on alex lang's nsf. Required materials and information for application: three 2-page essays: personal statement, previous research, and proposed research three or more letters of recommendation your proposed university/college and program (you do not need to be accepted or decide to go there) your proposed. Describing previous research experiences this worksheet will help you reflect on your previous research experiences worksheet for his site includes numerous essay examples from several disciplines, some with reviewer feedback her site contains information on a a variety of fellowships, including the nsf grfp.
The national science foundation's graduate research fellowship program is one of the best fellowships available for many graduate students in the uc berkeley's graduate fellowship office has a thick binder of past successful applications that appear to date back to the mimeograph machine, but few of them deal with. Advice from previous winners although these websites were created by previous nsf winners, most of the information is applicable to epa applicants as well mallory ladd 2014 winner offers tips for writing your proposal, including example essays alex lang's website 2010 nsf grf winner alex lang.
Personal, relevant background and future goals statement graduate research plan statement 3 reference letters academic transcripts below is the prompt for the personal, relevant background and future goals statement: please outline your educational and professional development plans and career goals. If you are interested in applying for the nsf graduate research fellowship in the field of ecology, you're in the right place in my final year, i actually had over a page of my personal essay under a “broader impacts” heading because in the previous years reviewers kept saying i was vague about them. The national science foundation (nsf) awards fellowships for graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering to candidates who are expected to in the second sample essays, discussions of previous and proposed research resemble formal literature reviews, each one citing numerous references from. Reporting requirements: see reporting requirements in full text of solicitation and nsf graduate research fellowship program (grfp) guide for fellows and the personal statement, previous research experience, and proposed plan of research essays each have a maximum length of two pages, including all.
My field had rarely won, so there were three winners in the past five years of those, one gave me very detailed advice and feedback on my essays august start contacting winners outside of your research field i contacted individuals that created websites offering advice, people who were listed on nsf's. 13 your three essays 1 personal, professional or educational experiences that contribute to your desire to pursue study in stem 2 previous research experience 3 proposed plan of research. Applications consist of three reference letters an academic transcript and three two-page essays: a personal statement essay, a previous research experience essay, and a proposed plan of research essay the reference letters and the essays should both address the nsf review criteria of intellectual merit and broader.