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A new GROW Dear Colleague Letter has been released. GROW expands opportunities for U.S. graduate students to engage in international research collaboration. GROW is open only to awardees of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The submission deadline is December 15, 2014. For the upcoming competition, in addition to the existing partner countries: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, new opportunities are available with Austria. Additional countries might be added by the time of application. See details in the Dear Colleague Letter and on the country-specific pages linked below.

  • The AOR is your home institution's Authorized Organizational Representative. GROW applicants should contact their GRFP coordinating official to identify their AOR for GROW proposals.
  • The AOR certification form can be found below under "Related URLs"
  • The signed AOR certification form must be uploaded with your proposal as a Supplementary Document.

Richard Tankersley
rtankers@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8694

Anne Emig
grow@nsf.gov, (703) 292-8694


In an era of globalization of research excellence, an international research experience is rapidly becoming an integral part of an outstanding graduate education. Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) is a collaboration between NSF, international partners and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to provide NSF Graduate Research Fellows with expanded opportunities to enhance professional development through research collaborations at top-caliber science and engineering research sites overseas.

GROW continues research cooperation with counterpart funding organizations in Australia, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, GROW in 2014-2015 introduces new opportunities in Austria. Grow also continues to offer opportunities in Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Senegal and South Africa in partnership with USAID.

See Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-121 for information on how to apply. For country-specific information, use the following links:

Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) (NSF 14-121)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

NSF Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-121
First Cohort of GROW Awards Announced (July 2013)
external GRFP website
AOR Certifications Form for GROW

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