2018 GRFP application is now open for submissions from graduate and undergraduate students. This fellowship provides very competitive graduate-level stipends for students to attend graduate school in STEM and other fields of study.
The deadlines (Oct 23-27 according to field of study) for the 2018 competition
are published in the Solicitation (NSF 16-588
), which is a three-year
Solicitation. Note that 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, as described in the Solicitation and in Dear Colleague
Letter NSF 16-050
. As a consequence of the
decision to limit the number of times a graduate student can submit, the number
of applications in last year’s (2017) competition relative to the 2016
competition dropped by 3,663, and the success rate for applicants increased
from 13% to 16%.
update is that the FY2018
Budget Request to the Congress includes
a 50% reduction in the number of new fellowship awards. The Request
specifies that in FY 2018, NSF will support 1,000 new Fellows, equal to the number
supported in FY 2008, a reduction from the 2,000 new Fellows NSF has supported
annually since 2010. If implemented, this change is likely to affect the
2018 success rate. We hope you will continue to support GRFP on your
campus, including encouraging your students to apply.
We encourage graduating undergraduates and eligible graduate students to apply
for the NSF GRF award. Students can obtain assistance with the application process
from the WVU ASPIRE Office.