NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Overview of program
Workshop on Writing an Effective GRFP Proposal
Availability of one-on-one mentoring for proposal writers

William B. Thompson,   email:
MEB-3417, Office hours: by arrangement

Tom Fletcher   email:
WEB-4686, Office hours: by arrangement


  • Guaranteed stipend of $34,000/year for three years, starting in fall, 2017
  • Cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.
  • Possibility of supplementing stipend with partial research assistantship (RA) funding
  • Substantial prestige


The GRFP is limited to:
  • United States citizens or permanent US residents.
  • Seniors, fourth and fifth year BS/MS students, and first or second year graduate students who have not yet received a Masters degree.
  • Graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. An exception is provided for first-year graduate students who applied in Fall 2015 to the 2016 GRFP competition; these individuals may apply a second time in Fall 2016, if they are otherwise eligible.


  • October 25, 2016 (for Computer and Information Science and Engineering)

School of Computing Workshop on Writing an Effective GRFP Proposal

Wednesday, 3:00pm-4:30pm; Halvorsen Conference Room, 4th floor WEB
Starting August 31, 2016

Goals of the workshop:
  • Advice and practice on all aspects of the GRFP proposal writing and submission process
  • Jump start thinking about dissertation research ideas
  • Interact with potential research mentors
  • Gain general experience in proposal writing


Additional one-on-one mentoring on proposal writing skills will be available to workshop participants.

The workshop is open to any School of Computing Ph.D. candidate who satisfies the NSF GRFP eligibility requirements. Research oriented School of Computing M.S. students, MS/BS candidates, and undergraduates may participate with instructor permission, assuming that they also satisfy the NSF GRFP eligibility requirements.

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