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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.​

Current Students

 
Although your chosen MIP advisor will support both your research and tuition expenses, it is a good idea to consider applying for your own funding. It will give you valuable experience in writing a proposal and encourages you to think in depth while planning your project. In addition, obtaining a competitive pre-doctoral fellowship will help you stand out from the crowd when you want to land a post-doc position in a top lab. You can even apply for some fellowships during your first year!! 

NSF Fellowships - 3 years $34,000 +$12,000 educational allowance

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (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 especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply. Applications are accepted in final year of undergraduate or in the fall semester of either the first or second year of grad school.

NIH F31 Fellowships - NRSA levels

The purpose of the predoctoral fellowship (F31) award​ is to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes during the tenure of the award.Mainly for minorities, although some Institutes (like, NINDS) offer unrestricted fellowships. Applications are accepted April, August, and December.

​NDSEG Fellowship Program - 3 years

The NDSEG Fellowship Program​ is a three-year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.The program provides awarded fellows with: 36 months of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at any accredited U.S. institution; a $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the three-year program tenure; and $102,000.00 in stipend payments over three years. Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study.​

The GAUSSI Prog​ram​ - 1 year, $32,000

The GAUSSI program provides one year $32,000 NSF-supported fellowships to outstanding students from life science, computer science, engineering, math and statistics graduate programs who are working on projects involving computational biology.  The fellowship provides comprehensive training in analysis of large biological datasets and aims to prepare students for a variety of professions.  Students will generally become eligible for the GAUSSI fellowship at the end of year one, but exceptional students may be considered upon admittance.​

Ford F​oundation Diversity Fellowships - 3 years, $20,000

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students​.Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. ​
 
Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to: All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents of the United States, with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level. ​Preference given to minorities​ and/or demonstrate some prior commitment to improving the status of underrepresented populations. Deadline: November. Can apply any time after acceptance to Graduate School, but must be able to demonstrate need for 3 years of support.​ 

American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship​ - 2 years, reapply for 3rd

The objective of the American Heart Association Pre-doctoral Fellowship is to help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training. Research must broadly related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and pertinent clinical, basic, bioengineering and biotechnology, public health, and multidisciplinary efforts.​ January and July deadlines.
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