NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Information on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the country. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to be a leading university in GRFP recipients and strongly encourages senior undergraduates, and early-career graduate students to apply to this fellowship. The GRFP is fundamentally an investment in graduate students as future researchers, not in a specific research project. In Fall 2021, the Graduate School offered 4 workshops for GRFP applicants. Links to workshop recordings and materials can be found below.

Some reasons to apply include:

  • 3 years of full funding, including tuition, fees, and health insurance benefits
  • Annual stipend of $34,000
  • No work requirements

Eligibility Requirements

  • US citizen or permanent resident
  • No more than 1 completed year of graduate studies
  • Enrollment in research-focused STEM or STEM-education program

Application materials

  • Personal information
  • CV
  • Transcripts
  • Proposed field of study
  • Graduate school information
  • 2-3 letters of reference
  • Personal, relevant background and future goals (3 pages maximum)
  • Graduate research plan statement (2 pages maximum including figures and citations)

Key criteria to address in both written sections and letters of reference

  • The Broader Impacts of your work as a researcher, or the potential of your research to improve social outcomes
  • Your Intellectual Merit as a researcher, or potential to advance knowledge in your field

2021 Workshop Materials and Recordings

Workshop materials and recordings can be found at https://grad.wisc.edu/funding/graduate-research-fellowship-program/


If you have questions about the GRFP or would like support with your application, please contact the Graduate School's Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, Christopher Yue, at offr@grad.wisc.edu or 608-265-5517. The Writing Center is also available as a resource for applicants.




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Created:2020-10-09 09:32 CDTUpdated:2022-04-25 07:19 CDT
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