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Funding Opportunity for Faculty: NSF Graduate Student Supplemental Support

Modified: March 3, 2017

NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce and workforce diversity as Agency Priority Goals. As part of this goal, supplemental funding is available in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to support science and engineering doctoral students so that they can acquire the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers, inside and outside of academe. NSF currently invests in several graduate student preparedness and diversity activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals. NSF has issued several Dear Colleague Letters (DCL) describes a variety of opportunities across the Foundation designed to explore approaches that will position NSF-funded graduate students for success in the 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

  • April 2016: Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support (Deadline: April 3, 2017)
  • August 2016: Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Graduate Research Supplements (MPS AGEP-GRS)
  • January 2017: Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for the Chemistry Workforce (Deadline: March 1, 2017)

Participating Directorates:

Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO); Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE); Directorate for Education and Human Resources (HER); Directorate for Engineering (ENG); Directorate for Geosciences (GEO); Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS); Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE); Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) 

TGSO Assistance:

The Training Grant Support Office has outlined some resources to assist with potential proposals and these are available in the NSF Supplements Box folder. These resources include template language on current pre- and postdoctoral professional development activities and NSF training grants currently available at Northwestern as well as a brief guidance document.

Training Grant Director, Director of Graduate Study, Professional Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math