Are you applying for a National Science Foundation Fellowship?
We encourage eligible students to apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF). The NSF-GRF is one of the nation’s premier fellowships for graduate study. It provides three years of support, with a $34,000 annual stipend, coverage of tuition, and access to international research opportunities.
There are two great services available for MechSE students who are applying – past winners have utilized both of these opportunities.
1. Attend the Graduate College’s NSF-GRF Informational Session this Friday, September 9th, 2:00-4:00 p.m., in the Multipurpose Room at Ikenberry Commons. All eligible students are welcome to attend. Presenters include Dr. William Hahn, former Director of the NSF-GRF program, Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of the Office of External Fellowships, and NSF fellows Cybelle Smith and Ritu Raman (MechSE). Note that NSF-GRF eligibility has changed with regard to the number of times an applicant can apply and this will be discussed at the workshop.
2. Participate in MechSE NSF-GRF Review Competition – submit your essays to me, Katrina Hagler, kkappes2illinois [dot] edu, by 8:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7th. We’ll have a panel review your essays and send you feedback, allowing you time to revise your essays before the national deadline of October 25th. One entry will be selected to win $500. Only students in the MechSE department can be considered in our internal competition.
Eligibility – NSF-GRF Applicants must be:
1. A US citizen, national, or permanent resident.
2. A senior or a graduate student in the 1st or 2nd year of graduate school.
3. In a research-based master’s or PhD program.
4. In a science, social sciences, technology, engineering, or math field supported by NSF.
See additional details on the NSF-GRF at http://go.illinois.edu/NSFGRFinfo.
Good luck, and I look forward to reading your essays for our internal competition!