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National Science Foundation

Purpose

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce diversity in the population of science professionals through the award of fellowships for graduate study.

Programs Funded

NSF fellowships support the early stages of full-time graduate study leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the biological, physical, mathematical, engineer, and most social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of science. Support is not provided for training for practice-oriented professional degrees. Recipients may attend graduate programs in the U.S. or abroad. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based Ph.D. in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for Ph.D. candidates in eligible disciplines. The program provides a stipend for the recipient and a cost-of-education allowance payable to the university. An International Research Travel Allowance is also available for approved projects.

Eligibility

College seniors, graduate students in their first year or beginning their second year of study, and others planning to enter graduate study in natural and eligible social sciences, mathematics, or engineering may apply. See the program link below for details. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S.

Selection Criteria

Awards are based on ability, as evidenced in academic records, recommendations, and GRE scores. Applicants are required to submit scores for both the General Test and the Subject Test most closely related to the chosen field of study.  The application requires a research project proposal which is evaluated as an indication of the applicant's understanding of and preparation to undertake independent research; there is no commitment to undertake this particular project if awarded a fellowship.

Application Process

Applications are filed electronically in early-mid November, with deadlines on different dates for different fields of study.  Applications are submitted directly to NSF and there is no College participation as such, however interested students are urged to seek advice from faculty and the Graduate Fellowships Office early in the process. Proposals are scrutinized by experienced researchers, and applicants will benefit from the guidance of faculty who are familiar with the selection process.Awards are based on ability, as evidenced in academic records, recommendations, and GRE scores. Applicants are required to submit scores for both the General Test and the Subject Test most closely related to the chosen field of study.  The application requires a research project proposal which is evaluated as an indication of the applicant's understanding of and preparation to undertake independent research; there is no commitment to undertake this particular project if awarded a fellowship.

Advisor

David Tanenbaum, Alma Zook
 Millikan 119 - x18722, Millikan 118 - x18723
https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp//

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