I am writing today regarding the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). As you may know, the GRFP supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The program provides up to three years of graduate education support, including an annual stipend.
The deadline for mathematical sciences applications is Friday, October 25, 2019.
The NSF expects to award 1,600 Graduate Research Fellowships per fiscal year, pending availability of funds. In the years 2013 through 2019, GRFP awards in the mathematical sciences
have been given to more than 550 students who earned baccalaureate degrees from 190 colleges and universities throughout 45 states.
It is my hope that you will help spread the word about the availability of the fellowships. Here are some steps that you might consider taking:
• Encourage your graduate-school-bound seniors to submit fellowship applications. We suggest holding a workshop or math club event where you supply forms, instructions, and advice
on writing a statement. Please see
for further information and forms.
• Strongly encourage your entering graduate students to submit fellowship applications. Make an NSF application-writing session part of new graduate student orientation or activities
at the start of the semester.
• Educate your faculty about benefits to each student of formulating a career plan and preparing a fellowship application.
Please share this information with your graduate program directors, as well as with current and potential graduate students.
Thank you for helping to increase the number of NSF Graduate Research Fellowships in the mathematical community.