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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)​

The purpose of the NSF GRFP is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. 

NSF GRFP applications​ are accepted in the final year of undergraduate or after completion of an undergraduate program but not prior to entering graduate school.

Individuals do not need to be accepted into a graduate program in order to apply for the GRFP. Current undergraduate seniors who are planning to begin graduate study in an NSF-supported field in the following Fall semester are strongly encouraged to apply. The GRFP deadline for applications is in late October, which is before the deadline for most graduate programs; therefore you would be completing the GRFP application prior to completing an application to a graduate program. 

The Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology (MIP) encourages all students planning to pursue a research-based master's or doctoral degree in STEM to apply. In order to support efforts in applying, MIP will offer assistance from personnel with expertise in proposal writing preparation to any student interested in apply for the GRFP. Please contact Heidi Runge​ for more information about proposal guidance.

Receipt of a GRFP award does not guarantee admission to the MIP graduate program, nor would it require acceptance of an offer from the MIP graduate program. While we encourage applicants who are eligible to apply for the GRFP, there are other funding opportunities for students accepted into the program.  Generally, students accepted into our program serve as GTAs (Graduate Teaching Assistantship) during the first year while completing lab rotations to find a mentor and lab to join.  Once they join a lab, they transition to GRAs (Graduate Research Assistantship).  Both GTA and GRA positions come with stipend and tuition coverage. 

We do not require applicants to apply for the GRFP.  That being said, receiving a GRFP could increase competitiveness to any graduate program you might apply for.​

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