Information Session: NSF GRFP 2020

The University of Mississippi (UM) Graduate School and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will co-sponsor a Lunch and Learn Information Session on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm in the MEC at the Jackson Avenue Center (the JAC).

About the NSF GRFP Program: Each year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awards between 1,600 and 2,000 Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFPs) to financially support promising students pursuing graduate degrees in the U.S. These GRFP Fellowships offer:

  • $34,000 annual stipend for 3 years of graduate study, plus an educational allowance
  • Choice of project, advisor, & graduate program, with portability to other U.S. institutions

Purpose of Information Session: Our aim is to encourage many more UM student applications to this program, orient you to the application process and review criteria, and let you hear from (and ask questions of) UM students and faculty with NSF GRFP experience.

For UM Students: This workshop is for you, if you are either a first- or second-year graduate student in a research-related program in one of the GRFP Fields of Study below, or an upper division undergraduate interested in applying for a master’s or doctoral degree in one of the fields. Diverse UM undergraduate students who have participated in mentored research experiences, as well as others with demonstratable potential to become high achieving scientists or engineers, are especially encouraged to attend the workshop and/or apply for a GRFP fellowship. Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

GRFP Fields of Study: Chemistry, Computer & Information Systems Science/Engineering, Engineering, Geosciences, Life Sciences (includes Biological Sciences), Materials Research, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Social Sciences (includes Economics), and STEM Education are all valid fields of study for GRFP Fellowships.

For UM Faculty: This workshop is for you if you are a mentor to a current or prospective graduate student in one of the Fields of Study above, and/or especially if you have expertise or experience with the NSF GRFP program that would be of interest to attendees [if so, please contact Jason Hale ( or Robert Doerksen ( so that we can discuss how to share your GRFP perspectives and insights with prospective UM applicants].

Sign Up, Lunch, & Logistics: Sandwiches from Newk’s Eatery will be provided for the first 40 who sign up by 3 pm Monday, Sept 9. Sign-up is an easy one-click process with WebId at There is plenty of space for walk-ins (w/ or w/o brown-bag lunches).  All valid UM parking permit types (except SOC) are honored in the JAC’s Park-N-Ride lot. Access WiFi with your UM WebId/password. If you require special assistance relating to a disability, please contact Jason Hale at or 662-259-0544.


Program Guidelines:

Program Page (with PPT and FAQ):

List of Current and Past Fellows: