Carnegie Mellon University

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Seminars

The Office of the Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education will be hosting a series of seminars to help students understand, prepare for, and write for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application process. Some materials will be provided below following the seminars.   

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Process

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP): Program Solicitation

NSF GRFP Information Session

Dr. Susan Finger, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Associate Dean of IDeATe
This presentation focuses on the overall Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application, covering all elements including but not limited to the general information, eligibility, summary of essay requirements, faculty recommendations and support for the submission of the application.

2017 GRFP Checklist (pdf)
2017 GRFP Presentation (ppt)
2017 NSF Program Solicitation (pdf)
2017 Recommendation Example (pdf)                                                                                                                                                           

Writing Your NSF GRFP Personal Statement

This Global Communications Center workshop will help you write your personal statement for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. We will discuss how to avoid common pitfalls made in the personal statement to help you create a compelling narrative that shows how you offer “intellectual merit” and “broad impact.” We will also examine the language and rhetorical strategies used in several fellowship-winning examples.    For questions, please contact Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.

Tips for WRiting Your GRFP Personal Statement (pdf)
Personal Statement Example 1 (pdf)
Personal Statement Example 2 (pdf)
Personal Statement Example 3 (pdf)

The GRFP Personal Statement Peer Review Workshop      

If you were unable to attend the sessions, or have questions, please contact Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.                         

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