The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (https://www.nsfgrfp.org) offers fellowships to new and incoming graduate students in the sciences.
The award is very prestigious and rather competitive. However, if you are eligible (see the solicitation) it is completely worth it to apply.
I gave a webinar this summer with some background information on the fellowship and some tips. The slides are available on Slideshare.
The best time to start preparing your application is a few months before the deadline. You will need plenty of time to edit your drafts and to get feedback from professors and your peers. I also offer personalized essay editing for the GRFP or for graduate school applications. The cost is $50 per essay, but financial needs will be considered and no one will be turned away for lack of funding.
Why choose me to review your essays for the GRFP? Besides receiving the fellowship myself in 2014, I have also taught a course on the fellowship for the last 2 years at UC Davis. Last year, my class had 4 NSF-GRFP recipients and 5 Honorable Mentions out of 20 students (significantly higher than the standard acceptance rate for UCD). And all 20 students learned a great deal of valuable information about grant writing and said it was hugely useful to their graduate career, regardless of whether or not they received the fellowship.
If you are interested in my GRFP/grad school essay advice and editing services, please email me at email@example.com
Other NSF-GRFP Resources:
- Christine Liu’s advice: http://www.christineliuart.com/writing/2018/8/31/advice-for-applying-to-the-nsf-grfp
- Alex Hunter Lang’s website (lot’s of example essays): https://www.alexhunterlang.com/nsf-fellowship
- Twitter has tons of advice: https://twitter.com/__katrinarenee/status/1026129135175905280?s=20
- My winning application from 2014 with reviewer feedback: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18kLqZYMP3jgBU5bb1Ybv0s4jfaN0muN4/view?usp=sharing