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“Writing an Effective NSF GRFP Proposal” CIRTL Online Workshop on 9/13

Created: August 27, 2018

Get a guided introduction to the application process for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) in this unique three-part online workshop that blends recorded lectures with a synchronous online session to bring participants together from all across the country.

This workshop is offered through the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL).

  • The online workshop will take place on Thursday, 9/13 from 2:30-4:30 PM.
  • Please register by Wednesday, 9/12 to participate.
  • Participants are expected to actively engage in the interactive online workshop and to watch the videos of the two recorded workshops on their own time.
  • Participants will also be expected to work on their GRFP applications on their own time.
  • Creation of a free CIRTL Network account is required to register for event.

Workshop Description:

Through a combination of recorded events and a synchronous online panel discussion, this workshop series will provide graduate and senior undergraduate students with information about:

  1. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) call for proposals
  2. How to write a successful proposal and address both intellectual merit and broader impact criteria
  3. The experiences of successful applicants, and how they leveraged local and online CIRTL Network programming in their proposals

The National Science Foundation (NSF) employs two criteria in the review of GRFP applications, namely intellectual merit and broader impact. Experience shows that while most applicants are able to effectively respond to the criterion relating to intellectual merit, many struggle to effectively frame the broader impacts of the activities they propose to undertake.

To address broader impacts, applicants 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 multi-part workshop will provide participants with tips and strategies to address both of these criteria in their GRFP proposals. 

Professional Development, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math