NSF GRFP: Create a Competitive Proposal for 2023

As NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) application deadlines approach, the Graduate School is hosting a series of sessions to help graduate students craft effective GRFP proposals.

A virtual overview session will be held on September 8, 10-11 a.m. to provide students applying this year with general information about the GRFP program and information on how to create a competitive proposal. A panel of successful GRFP fellows will provide helpful tips and answer questions.

For more hands-on assistance, two in-person peer review sessions will be held in Mann Library room 102 on September 20 from 3 – 5 p.m. and September 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sign up for a 20-minute appointment at one of these sessions to have your NSF GRF materials peer reviewed by successful GRFP fellows. Sign up with your name and email address in a yellow-colored space in any empty space with an available peer reviewer.

Students who sign up for a time slot should plan to provide their peer reviewer with a draft of their application materials via email no less than 24 hours before their peer review appointment. In your email to your reviewer, please make sure you introduce yourself and let them know the time slot you are signed up for. We do not anticipate the peer reviewers having time to do an in-depth review of your materials before your appointment, as this is what the appointment is meant for. However, their ability to do an initial read of your materials before your appointment will help make your time with them more productive.  

In addition, SUNY’s Office of Research, Innovation, and Economic Development is sponsoring a three-part webinar series to prepare first-and second-year graduate students in STEM fields to apply for GRFP fellowships.

SUNY Webinar #1: Applying to NSF’s Prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program
August 18, 10-11:30 a.m.
This webinar will include all the basics about GRFP, such as the benefits, eligibility, parts of the application, the review process, and basic tips. Please bring your questions.

SUNY Webinar #2: Winning Strategies for Applying to NSF’s GRFP (and How to Get Started)
August 21, 12:30-2 p.m.
This webinar will include discussion of NSF’s review criteria (Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts), how to maximize the impact of your planned research, and other winning strategies.

SUNY Webinar #3: Write! (As if Your Career Depends on it)
August 23, 2-4 p.m.
This webinar will cover how to write about your research in an interesting and lively way, tailored to your audience (recommended for all fellowship and grant writers).

2023 GRFP deadlines:
Life Sciences, October 16, 2023
Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Materials Research, Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning, October 17, 2023
Engineering, October 19, 2023
Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, October 20, 2023