Change to eligibility for NSF graduate research fellowships

If you are a graduate student applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Eligibility Program, you should be aware of an impending change in eligibility.

nsf1 Program solicitations for the NSF GRFP are due to be released in late July or early August. Effective as of the 2017 competition (deadlines in late Oct. or early Nov. 2016, based on discipline), graduate students will be limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in either the first or second year of graduate school. The intent is to increase the number of applicants applying as senior undergraduates, a population that’s more diverse in terms of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans, as well as to ease the workload for applicants, reference writers, and reviewers.

How will this impact OHSU’s graduate students wanting to apply to the GRFP? The new rules are being phased in so if you applied as a first-year graduate student in fall 2015, you are eligible to apply this fall as a second- year graduate student. Likewise, if you applied as an undergraduate, as soon as you begin graduate school, you can submit again but only once:  as either a first- or second-year graduate student. Work closely with you advisor to determine if you’ve demonstrated sufficient achievement in your first year to be competitive or whether your application would be stronger the following year. If you have additional questions about this new rule, check out NSF’s FAQ’s on this rule change.

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