UM NSF GRFP Workshop and Student Incentive Program

The UM Graduate School, the UM Office of National Scholarship Advisement, and the UM Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, with support from the Provost’s Office, are teaming up to encourage UM student applications to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP provides three years of support ($34K living stipend plus a $12,000 educational allowance) for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.

Interested UM students who think they may be eligible to apply for these fellowships in fall 2021 are invited to sign up here to attend a one-hour information session/workshop about the GRFP program on July 15 (1-2 pm) or July 21 (11 am – noon). Qualifying students who then commit to submit a GRFP application in the fall may receive UM mentoring support from the workshop organizers in the development of their applications, and will qualify for a $200 incentive scholarship, payable to their Bursar account, upon successful submission of an application to NSF.

GRFP-experienced UM faculty or students who are willing to help out—by giving brief (<3 minute) presentations about their GRFP experiences at the workshop, by mentoring GRFP applications, or in other ways—are invited to e-mail Jason Hale at

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who will pursue full-time research-based master's and doctoral STEM or STEM education. NSF actively encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

To be eligible to apply for an NSF GRFP in fall 2021, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident
  • Intend to enroll by fall 2022, or already be enrolled, in a research-based master’s or doctoral degree program in an eligible Field of Study in STEM or STEM education
  • Have never previously applied to GRFP while enrolled in a graduate degree program
  • Have never earned a master’s or professional degree in any field, and have never completed more than one academic year in a graduate degree-granting program as of August 1, 2021, unless (i) returning to graduate study after an interruption of two or more consecutive years immediately preceding the application deadline, and; (ii) not enrolled in a graduate degree program at the application deadline
  • Other eligibility restrictions may apply

For more info on the NSF GRFP program, see and To register for the workshop:

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