Fall 2017 Funding Workshops

NSF GRFP Fall Workshop Series: Preparing an NSF-GRFP Fellowship Application

The Graduate School is running a series of workshops designed to help UW-Madison senior undergraduates and graduate students in the early stages of their graduate studies prepare a competitive application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

For U.S. individuals intending to pursue research-based graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a prestigious, nationally competitive fellowship offered by the National Science Foundation. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. Fellows are free to use their Fellowship at any university, college, or non-profit academic institution of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, its territories, or possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that grants a graduate degree in STEM fields.

Fellowship Benefits

  • Five year fellowship period with three years of financial support
  • Annual stipend of $34,000
  • Cost of Education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
  • Professional development opportunities (GRIP and GROW)
  • XSEDE supercomputer access for Fellows and honorable mentions
  • No service requirement
  • Access to supplemental funding to sustain research while on medical deferral (e.g. maternity/paternity leave)

For more information about the GRFP, visit: www.nsfgrfp.org.

Date: Thursday, September 7, 2017
 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
 Auditorium, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall

This workshop is intended to be an informational session about applying to the National Science Foundation GRFP. It will give an overview of the application to provide prospective applicants (i.e. senior undergraduates or graduate students in the biological, physical, or social sciences) an idea of the amount of work involved and where to start. There will also be a panel of current fellows who will be able to answer questions about the process. Register here.

Date: September 14, 2017
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191

This workshop will provide an outline of the fellowship application writing process. We will cover how to take into account argument, organization, and style in preparing a fellowship application. We will also discuss how to adapt written applications to different funding audiences. Register here.

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Union South, Northwoods

This panel will feature faculty members who have served as reviewers for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. They will share insights about the review process and tips on how to make your application more successful. Register here.         

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. 
Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

The National Science Foundation (NSF) employs two criteria in the review of Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applications, namely intellectual merit and broader impact. Experience shows that while most applicants have little difficulty responding to the criterion relating to intellectual merit, many struggle to frame the broader impacts of the activities they propose to undertake. To address the broader impacts, applications are expected to include ways in which activities and projects will advance discovery and understanding, broaden the participation of underrepresented groups, enhance the infrastructure for research and education, and ultimately benefit society. This workshop is designed to help you address the concept of broader impacts in your fellowship application, and specifically is a time for you to discuss strategies for writing a successful broader impact plan, hear from panelists about successful fellowship proposals, and learn about resources on campus focused on effective integration of research and education. Register here

Other Funding Events

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.  100+ Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in sciences, engineering, humanities, etc., in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.  For more information see: sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/FordFellowships/index.htm.

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Location: Auditorium, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall
Register here

 Monday, October 2, 2017
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Room 1360, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall 
Register here

The sessions will provide information on the application process for Ford Fellowships.

Learn more about the funding process for graduate students by attending a short presentations followed by a panel discussion from the Grants Information Collection and the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding, as well as other offices on campus.  Come with your questions! Other participants may include: The Writing Center, the Delta Program, the Financial Aid Office, and the IRIS Awards office. Register here.

Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: 126 Memorial Library

We will demonstrate the benefits of using licensed search engines, as well as other advanced techniques to customize your search for funding. Please note: this workshop will take place in a PC lab, and will focus on getting hands-on experience with these funding databases. Attendance at the resources panel is strongly encouraged. Register here.

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Location: 231 Memorial Library

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