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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) supports OUTSTANDING GRADUATE STUDENTS pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  For more than sixty years, the GRFP has provided THREE-YEAR FELLOWSHIPS to thousands of individuals with demonstrated potential for significant STEM research achievements.

The only thing you need to worry about is WHAT TO RESEARCH!

  • Three-year fellowship award can be used over a period of five years
  • Annual stipend of $34,000 and full tuition waiver
  • Recognition from your ME peers and faculty
  • International research and professional development opportunities
  • XSEDE supercomputer access for Fellows and Honorable Mentions
  • No service requirement

I’m Ready… for epic research opportunities.

  • NSF Fellows benefit from special access to faculty and labs as well as international study and professional development.
  • For instance, Fellows have the unique flexibility of visiting multiple UM labs without needing to identify GSRA funding.

I’m Ready… for freedom and flexibility.

  • Each NSF Fellow receives an annual stipend of $34,000 along with a full tuition waiver from the Rackham Graduate School.
  • NSF Fellows are often sought by faculty, as they are already self-funded.
  • 10% more than the UM CoE fully-funded package

I’m Ready… to become an NSF Fellow!

Because of the PRESTIGE associated with this historic fellowship, as well as its many benefits and opportunities, the application process is EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE.  The Mechanical Engineering Department is committed to ENCOURAGING AND SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS in pursuing GRFP fellowships and provides a variety of resources to help them through the application process and fellowship experience.

WORKSHOP SERIES scheduled at the start of each academic year to support the application process.

All workshops are held from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm in the ME Grand Conference Room (2540 GGB).

  • Workshop I:  Introduction
    Date:  September 16th, 2016
  • Workshop II: Identify Research & References
    Date:  September 29th, 2016
  • Workshop III: Statements
    Date:  October 14th, 2016
  • Workshop IV: Wrap-Up and Review
    Date:  October 21st, 2016

MENTORSHIP from past and current ME NSF fellows to guide you through the application and on-boarding process.

TIP SHEETS are available within the Academic Services Office (ASO) to provide advice on statement preparation.

Important Notes

An eligible applicant must be a US CITIZEN, NATIONAL, OR PERMANENT RESIDENT intending to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD. Program in an NSF-supported field.  The applicant must have COMPLETED NO MORE THAN 12 MONTHS OF FULL-TIME GRADUATE STUDY or the equivalent by August 1 and have confirmation of acceptance in a graduate degree program.

NSF will limit graduate students to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. First-year students in Fall 2015 who applied to the 2016 GRFP competition will be allowed to apply a second time in Fall 2016, if they are otherwise eligible.  All other graduate students are subject to the new eligibility requirements. 

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