Subject to change with each solicitation published by NSF each August.
Fellowship applications must be submitted electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program Application Module at https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do according to the deadline corresponding with the Primary Field of Study selected in the application. Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. local time, as determined by the applicant’s mailing address provided in the application. Applications received after the Field of Study deadline will be returned without review. Applicants must first register as a FastLane user at that web site. Instructions for completing and submitting an application can be found through the “Applicant Help” link in the Fastlane GRFP Application.
Applicants must submit the following information through the FastLane GRFP Application Module: Personal Information; Education, Work and Other Experience; electronic transcripts; Proposed Field(s) of Study; Proposed Graduate Study and Graduate School Information; the names and email addresses of at least three reference letter writers; Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement; and Graduate Research Plan Statement.
Applicants should not send extraneous information or materials such as manuscripts, resumes, medical reports, or news clippings. These items will not be reviewed with an application. No additional information may be provided by links to web pages within the application, except as part of citations in the References Cited section. Images may be included if they fit within the page and formatting limits below. Review of the application and reference letters is based solely on materials received by the application and reference letter deadlines.
Applicants must follow the instructions in the FastLane GRFP Application Module, including the instructions found at the “Applicant Help” link in the Module, for completing each section of the application.
Compliance with these guidelines will be judged based on the document as it appears in FastLane after it is uploaded. Applicants are strongly encouraged to proofread and upload their documents early to ensure compliance and avoid potential formatting issues caused by the PDF conversion process. Applications that are not compliant with these format requirements will be returned without review.
In the application, applicants must list their baccalaureate institution, and all graduate institutions attended with a start date prior to the fall term in which the application is submitted. Transcripts are required for all institutions listed. If the applicant started at the current institution in the fall of the application year and the institution does not provide unofficial or official transcripts prior to completion of the first term, the applicant may submit a class schedule/enrollment verification form in place of a transcript.
Transcripts must be submitted electronically through the FastLane GRFP Application Module by the Field of Study application deadline. Applicants are encouraged to redact personally identifiable information (date of birth, individual Social Security Numbers, personal financial information, home addresses, home telephone numbers and personal email addresses) from the transcripts before uploading. Transcripts must be uploaded in a format that is supported by FastLane as described in the FastLane GRFP Application Module. The FastLane GRFP Application Module does not accept encrypted or password-protected transcripts.
Applicants who earned master’s degrees in joint bachelor’s-master’s degree programs should submit transcripts that clearly document the joint program. If the transcript does not document the joint program, applicants must upload a letter from the registrar of the institution certifying enrollment in a joint program, appended to the transcript for that institution. Failure to provide clear documentation of a joint program may result in an application being returned without review.
Failure to comply fully with the above requirements will result in the application being returned without review.
Applications that are incomplete due to missing required transcripts and/or reference letters (fewer than two letters received), or that do not have “received” status in FastLane on the application deadline for the selected Field of Study) will be returned without review. Applicants are advised to submit applications early to avoid unanticipated delays on the deadline dates.
Program Solicitation: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2018/nsf18573/nsf18573.htm