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Funding Opportunity: NSF Improving Graduate Student Preparedness for Entering the Workforce, Opportunities for Supplemental Support

Modified: May 13, 2016
NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce as one of its 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 a number of graduate student preparedness activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals.
This Dear Colleague Letter (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.
Participating Directorates:

•       Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO)
•       Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
•       Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)
•       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 Professional Development Supplements Box folder. These resources include template language on current pre- and postdoctoral professional development activities and NSF training grants currently available at Northwestern University as well as a brief guidance document.

Director of Graduate Study, Training Grant Director