GRFP Essay Insights: Application Resources for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
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My learning materials are unofficial. The National Science Foundation is the only source of official information about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Like any other "GRFP advice" you may find on the web, read critically, consult your mentor and only use suggestions that make sense to you.

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Students: These pages are here for you. You are allowed to print whatever learning materials or worksheets are helpful to you. All I ask is that you keep working on those draft statements. Good luck with your application!

University Personnel: Please feel free to link directly from your site to any of these pages.

Dr. Robin G. Walker's GRFP Background

My GRFP background: Back in 2005, when I was a University grant writer, I started developing GRFP writing guides for Mizzou students. By 2012, I decided to share what I had learned with GRFP applicants beyond Missouri and launched GRFP Essay Insights. In just 14 weeks, GRFP Essay Insights recorded 6,172 unique visitors from 100+ college towns across the US, so I knew I was meeting a need. I have served as a GRFP reviewer three times, which helps to inform my thinking about "what it takes" to have a competitive application packet. Over the years, my GRFP learning materials have been distributed at small colleges and top-tier research institutions across the country. I have been invited to present national webinars on the GRFP (e.g., Council on Undergraduate Research and Ronald E McNair Scholars Programdirectors) and at in-person workshops at several institutions. I also co-manage a LinkedIn NFS GRFP group with 3700+ members with a former GRFP Fellow, Dr. Markita Landry. At Mizzou I collaborate with our Office of Undergraduate Research, MU Fellowships Office and MU Broader Impacts Network. We are more than happy to share our lessons learned about the GRFP.

I have a BS in agriculture from the University of Illinois; my MEd and PhD degrees are from the University of Missouri. In my current position at Mizzou I teach leadership and direct professional development programs (like 3 Minute Thesis) for the Office of Graduate Studies. I Tweet as @careersavvygrad and my LinkedIn profile is Robin G. Walker, PhD.

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Questions?

Applicants can pose questions on Twitter @NSFGRFP for answers directly from nsfgrfp.org. You can also seek advice from current and former GRFP Fellows and faculty mentors in the LinkedIn group, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.

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Advice from Fellows

An important reason to apply is that a significant part of the application is about assessing your confidence in yourself. Even if you don't receive the fellowship, applying can boost your confidence that you have the tools and ability to plan and propose research, which is essential to succeed in graduate school.

John Smeda

'11 Fellow, Plant Sci

Cornell University

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Updated March 8, 2016 | Site content and handouts created by Robin G. Walker, PhD
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email: mugradgrfp (at) missouri (dot) edu Ph: 573-882-6311

ubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf13001/gpg_sigchanges.jsp">NSF: GPG Summary of changes
  • NSF: Proposal Processing and Review
  • NSF: Merit Review Facts
  • NSF: Merit Review Resources
  • Tankersley, R.A. & Bourexis, P. (2013). Broader Impacts 2.0 Frequently Asked Questions About Revisions to NSF's Broader Impacts Criterion. Center for Ocean Sciences and Education Excellence, Florida Institute of Technology.
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    Advice from Fellows

    Having this award on your record shows that you are capable of thinking beyond the average student and are able to do great research.

    Melonie Williams

    '07 Fellow, Psychology

    Vanderbilt University

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    About this site

    Permissions, Background & References

    Updated April 16, 2013 | Site content and handouts created by Robin G. Walker, PhD
    Copyright © 2012 — Curators of the University of Missouri. All rights reserved.
    DMCA and other copyright information. An equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    Published by the Graduate School, 210 Jesse Hall Columbia, MO. 65211
    email: mugradgrfp (at) missouri (dot) edu Ph: 573-882-6311