1998 Announcement

National Science Foundation

Graduate Research Fellowships

Graduate Fellowships

Minority Graduate Fellowships

Including Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards




Apply to:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

P.O. Box 3010

Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010

(423) 241-4300

Internet Mail: nsfgrfp@orau.gov


Deadline for entering the competition:

November 6, 1997


Sponsored by

National Science Foundation NSF 97-133

Directorate for Education and Human Resources (Replaces NSF 96-122).PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION

GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

(NSF GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS AND NSF MINORITY GRADUATE FELLOWSHIPS)

FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 1998-99­

The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. To that end, the NSF will award approximately 1,000 new three­year Graduate Fellowships and Minority Graduate Fellowships in March 1998. Continuing a long history of success, NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.

Separate competitions are conducted for Graduate Fellowships and Minority Graduate Fellowships, each with additional awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science. Minority Graduate Fellowships are available to members of racial and ethnic minority groups that traditionally have been underrepresented in the advanced levels of the Nation's science and engineering talent pool, as specified below.

The traditional measures of success include Fellows' completion of the PhD; reputation of the PhD-granting institution or employing department; attainment of postdoctoral appointments and research grants; and awarding of various prizes and honors. As the nature of scientific and technological inquiry evolves, and as the environments for such work change and diversify, NSF will continue to identify other appropriate measures of achievement of program goals. Measures that reflect excellence of scientific and engineering work and research outside traditional academic settings will be sought.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

NSF Graduate and Minority Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are, at the time of application, citizens or nationals of the United States or permanent resident aliens of the United States.

Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research­based master's or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported by the National Science Foundation listed on page 8 of this Announcement. Awards are also made for work toward a research­based PhD in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for PhD candidates in those disciplines. Research in bioengineering, with diagnosis or treatment­related goals that applies engineering principles to problems in biology and medicine while advancing engineering knowledge, is eligible for support. Bioengineering research to aid persons with disabilities is also eligible.

Support is not provided for study in clinical, counseling, business, or management fields; in other education programs of any kind; in history or social work; for work leading to medical, dental, law, public health or practice­oriented professional degrees; or for study in joint science­professional degree programs such as MD/PhD and JD/PhD programs. Support

is not provided for research with disease­related goals, including work on the etiology, diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease, abnormality, or malfunction in human beings or animals. Research involving animal models of such conditions or the development or testing of drugs or other procedures for their treatment also is not eligible for support.­

Eligibility for NSF Graduate Fellowships

NSF Graduate Fellowships are intended for students at or near the beginning of their graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. In most cases an individual has two opportunities to apply: during the senior year of college and in the first year of graduate school. Specifically, eligibility is limited to those individuals who, by the beginning of the fall 1997 term, have completed no more than 20 semester hours, 30 quarter hours, or equivalent, of graduate study in the science and engineering fields supported by this program since completion of a baccalaureate degree in science or engineering. One year or more of full­time study in any medical, dental, or veterinary school is considered to be greater than 20 semester or 30 quarter hours of graduate study. "Graduate study" includes course work, research, seminars, and independent study. These guidelines are applied to graduate study completed after October 1, 1987 regardless of purpose or whether credit for that study has been or will be applied toward an advanced degree. Students in a five­year joint baccalaureate­master's degree program are eligible to apply in the fourth and fifth years of the program; for eligibility purposes, the fifth year is considered graduate study. No individual will be eligible who, at the time of application, has earned after October 1, 1987 an advanced degree in science or engineering. Applicants who have earned any medical degree, such as the MD, DDS, or DVM, are ineligible.

Eligibility for NSF

Minority Graduate Fellowships

The NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship competition is open only to applicants who are members of a racial or ethnic minority group underrepresented in the advanced levels of the U.S. science and engineering personnel pool, specifically, American Indian, Black or African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native (Eskimo or Aleut), or Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian).

Minority Graduate Fellowships are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. In general, those eligible to apply in fall 1997 are college seniors, first­year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in the science and engineering fields supported by this program. Specifically, eligibility is limited to those individuals who, by the beginning of the fall 1997 term, have completed no more than 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or equivalent, of graduate study in the science and engineering fields supported by this program since completion of a baccalaureate degree in science or engineering. Minority Graduate applicants are not disqualified by reason of holding a master's degree, but they must not exceed the semester/quarter hour limitations specified in this paragraph. Applicants who have earned any medical degree, such as the MD, DDS, or DVM, are ineligible. Other eligibility criteria regarding graduate study are identical to those in the Graduate Fellowship competition.

Eligibility for the Women in Engineering and

Computer and Information Science Awards

The Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science (WECS) awards in the Graduate Fellowship and Minority Graduate Fellowship competitions are limited to women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in one of the fields listed under the headings "Engineering" or "Computer and Information Science and Engineering" in the "Fields of Specialization" list of this Announcement. Applicants for WECS awards can have completed, by the beginning of the fall 1997 term, no more than 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or equivalent, of graduate study in the science and engineering fields supported by this program since completion of a baccalaureate degree in science or engineering. WECS applicants who are otherwise eligible are not disqualified by reason of holding a master's degree, but they must not exceed the semester/quarter hour limitations specified in this paragraph. Applicants who have earned any medical degree, such as the MD, DDS, or DVM, are ineligible. Other eligibility criteria are the same as for other fields in either the Graduate or the Minority Graduate competition.

Evaluation and Selection

Graduate and Minority Graduate Fellowships are awarded on the basis of ability in accordance with Section 10 of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. Evaluation of applicants is based on all available evidence of ability, including academic records, recommendations regarding each applicant's qualifications, and Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores.

Each applicant's qualifications will be reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers convened for NSF by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Applications are assigned to panels based on the applicant's chosen field(s) of study. Selection of awardees, made by the NSF, will be in merit order; secondary criteria such as geographical region, gender, discipline, or other factors determined to be consistent with policy and legislative intent will be used to select among applications of substantially equal merit (as determined by the merit review process).

GRE Scores

GRE scores are a highly important part of the application. All applicants are expected to take the GRE General Test (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical). In addition, all applicants should take a GRE Subject Test in the science or engineering field most closely related to their chosen area of graduate study. However, if there is not a Subject Test related to the chosen area of graduate study, an applicant may take a Subject Test in the field of his or her undergraduate major or, if no appropriate Subject Test is available, write a letter of explanation to accompany the Application.

Registration forms and information concerning the GRE are available from four­year colleges, universities, or the Educational Testing Service (ETS), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541­6000, telephone (609) 771­7670, fax (609) 771­7906.

All applicants who have not taken the examination since October 1, 1992 should register for and take the examinations by December 20, 1997. GRE Subject Tests will be administered on December 13, 1997. Individuals who plan to take the Computer Based General Test are advised that scores from Computer Based Tests taken after December 20, 1997 are not likely to be available for fellowship review panel use.

NSF will pay Subject Test registration fees for applicants who register for the December 13, 1997 administration provided that (1) NSF fellowship application is the primary purpose, and (2) the GRE Registration Form for the December test has been received at ETS no later than November 7, 1997. Otherwise, applicants will be responsible for all GRE examination fees. Further information concerning sponsorship of GRE registration fees and score reporting for fellowship evaluation purposes will be included in the application materials.

The following condition is imposed on the reporting of GRE scores to other institutions when the test fee is paid by NSF: Prior to May 1, 1998 these scores will be reported only to Oak Ridge Associated Universities for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, to the fellowship applicant, and to the applicant's undergraduate institution. Exception: If you are an applicant in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and an applicant in the Hughes Predoctoral Fellowship Program, your GRE scores will be reported to both programs and the test fees shared by the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In either case, if you want to have your NSF-funded GRE scores sent elsewhere (e.g., graduate institutions and other fellowship programs) before May 1, 1998, you must pay ETS the appropriate test fees.

CONDITIONS OF AWARDS

Stipend and Allowances

The NSF Fellowship stipend during 1998­99 will be $15,000 for 12­month tenures, prorated monthly at $1,250 for lesser periods. There is no dependency allowance. At its discretion, each fellowship institution may supplement a Fellow's stipend from institutional funds in such amounts as are in accordance with the policies of the fellowship institution. Fellowship institutions in the United States, on behalf of NSF, pay stipends directly to Fellows on tenure. The NSF will pay stipends directly to Fellows affiliated with foreign institutions.

In addition to the funds for stipend payments, the NSF provides the fellowship institution, on behalf of each Fellow, a cost­of­education allowance of $9,500 per tenure year. During tenure, Fellows will be exempt from paying tuition and fees normally charged to students of similar academic standing, unless such charges are optional or are refundable. The disposition of the cost­of­educational allowance is solely the responsibility of the fellowship institution. At international institutions, all tuition and assessed nonrefundable fees will be paid by the Fellow, with reimbursement by the NSF, up to a maximum of $9,500 per fellowship year, upon presentation of an original statement from the university bursar regarding such charges.

Acknowledging the importance of integrating research and education, the NSF permits institutions to assign Fellows to appropriate research and teaching positions that will contribute to the progress of the Fellow toward an advanced degree. Fellows are encouraged to determine policies regarding any such required service before committing to enroll in any particular institution.

A one­time International Research Travel Allowance of $1,000 is available to Fellows who have arranged to conduct full­time advanced study and research at appropriate international sites for at least three continuous months. The activities must contribute to the Fellow's advanced degree objectives and must be approved by the Fellow's institution. Once a Fellow has begun NSF Fellowship tenure at a U.S. institution, this travel allowance may be used at any appropriate time that travel is initiated within the five­year fellowship period.

Except for supplementation as explained above, a Fellow may not accept simultaneous remuneration from another major fellowship, assistantship, scholarship or similar award. Under Section 178(a) of Title 38, U.S. Code, educational benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs may be received concurrently with NSF support.

Tenure

New fellowships to be offered in March 1998 will be for maximum tenure periods of three years usable over a five­year period. Recipients may begin fellowship tenure in the summer of 1998, but must begin tenure not later than the beginning of the 1998 fall term with certain exceptions explained below. Tenure must be completed before the beginning of the 2003 fall term. Normal tenure for a Fellow is 9 to 12 months for each fellowship year; funds for unutilized months are forfeited. No individual will be eligible for more than three years of any NSF Graduate Research Fellowship support.

The first year of an NSF Fellowship cannot be reserved in order to allow an individual to use an alternative means of support to engage in graduate study in the United States. However, with prior Foundation approval, Fellows may reserve the first one or two years of NSF Fellowship tenure to engage in activities other than those that would constitute the start or continuation of progress toward an advanced degree in science, mathematics, or engineering. With prior NSF approval, Fellows may reserve the first one or two years of NSF Fellowship tenure to accept a one­ or two­year highly competitive international fellowship, such as the British Marshall or Rhodes Scholarship, for study and travel abroad. Fellows reserving the first two years of their NSF Fellowship must enter tenure no later than the fall of 2000 and must use their NSF Fellowship in three consecutive years.

Graduate Institution

Fellows may choose any appropriate, accredited, nonprofit United States institution or appropriate international institution of higher education offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering. Fellows may study or engage in research or field work away from their fellowship institution during part of their tenure if, in the judgment of the faculty, such arrangements further the Fellow's education.

Fellows are required to engage in full­time programs leading to graduate degrees in disciplines supported by NSF. Such programs may include a reasonable amount of teaching or similar activity as, in the institution's opinion, contribute to the Fellow's academic progress.

Other Conditions

All fellowship awards are made subject to the provisions contained in the booklet Information for Graduate Research Fellows (and any subsequent amendment thereto) which is mailed to all awardees. These provisions include three certifications that must, by law, be made before the NSF can authorize funds for a fellowship award. Only the most basic information contained in that booklet is presented in this Announcement.

After an award is made, a major change in course of study or institution to be attended by a Fellow requires prior NSF approval.

The availability of the second and third years of a three­year award is contingent upon certification to NSF by the fellowship institution that the Fellow is making satisfactory academic progress toward an advanced degree in the approved field of study.

MENTORING ASSISTANTSHIPS

FOR MINORITY GRADUATE FELLOWS

New Minority Graduate Fellows matriculating into their fellowship institutions for the first time as graduate students are eligible for a Mentoring Assistantship consisting of one, two, or three months of additional stipend support primarily to participate in research during the summer before they begin their fall fellowship tenure. This option is intended for Fellows who can benefit from preliminary activities such as research participation or other appropriate institutionally arranged work that assists the Fellow in developing early mentoring relationships at the graduate institution.

Mentoring Assistantships are in addition to the normal three years of tenure awarded under this fellowship. An allowance of $800 per month during this period will also be made available to the department in which the research participation takes place. NSF must approve the individual plans developed and submitted by the Fellow's prospective department head or equivalent. Full­time activity during this period is required.

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWS AND HONORABLE MENTION RECIPIENTS

All Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mention recipients may request use of up to 10 Central Processing Unit (CPU) hours at an NSF supercomputer center.

The Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified science, mathematics, or engineering students and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete fully in this program. All Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mention recipients who have disabilities may apply for assistance by contacting: Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED), c/o Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard - Room 907, Arlington, VA 22230. FASED provide students and faculty with disabilities special equipment and services needed to reduce or remove barriers to participation in research and training activities supported by NSF. Single copies of the announcement (NSF 91-54) describing FASED activities can be obtained at no cost from the NSF Forms and Publication Unit (703) 306-1130, or via Internet e-mail (pubs@nsf.gov), or by calling the Program for Persons with Disabilities Program at (703) 306­1636.

NSF has Telephonic Device for the Deaf (TDD) capability, which enables individuals with hearing impairment to communicate with the Foundation about NSF programs, employment, or general information. To access NSF TDD, dial (703) 306­0090; for FIRS, (800) 877-8339.

APPLYING FOR A FELLOWSHIP --

GUIDELINES

Inquiries concerning the application process should be directed to Oak Ridge Associated Universities as indicated on the front of this Announcement. Application materials for 1998 will be available from the sources indicated below. Application forms from an earlier year or forms used in other fellowship programs must not be used.

Applicants for Minority Graduate Fellowships who are also eligible for Graduate Fellowships are encouraged to apply in both competitions; such individuals need to submit only one set of application materials but must indicate that they wish to have the application considered in both competitions.

Application Materials

Prospective fellowship applicants may request application materials via the following methods:

1. Via the Internet

a. FastLane: With Internet access and a supported World Wide Web browser, an applicant can submit an application electronically using the NSF FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) process. Referees of applicants who use FastLane can submit a Reference Report form using FastLane. Security is provided to ensure that both applications and references can be seen only by authorized persons. The NSF FastLane GRFP process is on the NSF FastLane Home Page, which is located at the following URL: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov

To access the NSF FastLane GRFP process, click on the appropriate icon on the FastLane Home Page. You will see instructions on how to use the FastLane GRFP process. For questions concerning the FastLane GRFP process, please contact the FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship support staff at electronic mail: felapp@nsf.gov or phone: (703) 306-1142. (If you reach the automated attendant, please dial extension 4686.) For non-FastLane questions related to the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, please contact ORAU at nsfgrfp@orau.gov or (423) 241-4300.

b. NSF Home Pages: With Internet access, you can pull up the application forms in either a PDF printable blank form or a Microsoft Word for Windows 6.0 on-line form. The two choices of application forms are located at the following URL: http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/grfp.htm

To view the PDF forms you must have the Adobe Viewer installed, which is a free product and can be downloaded at this site. If your browser does not automatically launch the on-line application, a message will appear to prompt you to save the Word file to a local disc drive. You then can pull the file into Word.

Any single form file from the application packet is available, if desired.

c. Information via E-Mail: With access only to Internet electronic mail, you can have the announcement and application forms sent to you via electronic mail. Each application form is available in two versions: a PDF printable blank form and a Word for Windows 6.0 on-line form.

Send an electronic mail message to: getpub@nsf.gov

Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message enter:

get fmgfkitp.txt (for instructions to access the PDF files)

get fmgfkitp.pdf (for the PDF Application Forms Kit)

get fmgfkitd.txt (instructions for Word for Windows 6.0 files)

get fmgfkitd.doc (for the Word for Windows 6.0 Forms Kit)

The Forms Kit instructions detail how to receive a single application form file, if desired.

2. Printed Materials.

a. Printed application forms may be obtained by direct request: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010, or telephone (423) 241-4300, or fax (423) 241-4513, or Internet electronic mail to: nsfgrfp@orau.gov

b. Forms may be picked up at the ORAU/NSF Fellowship Operations office, 1019 19th Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC or at ORAU/NSF Fellowship Operations office, 702 South Illinois Avenue, Suite B-102, Oak Ridge, TN.

Application Status

In early January 1998, applicants will be informed by mail at their reported mailing address of application materials received on their behalf. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by ORAU; applicants are encouraged to check with ORAU in late January if they have not received a written notification regarding the status of their application materials. ORAU's telephone number and e­mail address are given in item 2 above.

Individuals who apply via the FastLane application process may review the status of their file using FastLane. Note: GRE information is not available on FastLane.

Where to Submit Application Materials

1. Electronic submission using FastLane

2. Mailing address:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

P.O. Box 3010

Oak Ridge, TN 37831­3010

3. Special messenger, courier or overnight delivery address:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

702 South Illinois Avenue, Suite B­102

Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Deadlines

A complete application consists of all the materials listed below, including GRE scores. An incomplete application is at a disadvantage in the competition and may not be evaluated. It is incumbent upon applicants to obtain application materials in sufficient time to meet the deadlines. Applicants should retain copies of materials submitted and obtain a record of the mailing dates by requesting a Certificate of Mailing from the post office.


Application Materials

November 6, 1997¾Postmark Deadline

Inventory List

Information Form

Application Form

Proposed Plan of Study or Research Form

Previous Research Experience Form

Course Report Forms

The application materials listed above must be submitted to ORAU, in a large envelope postmarked no later than November 6, 1997, or be submitted electronically by that date, or be delivered in person by that date. Applications submitted later than November 6, 1997 will not be considered for review.

November 6, 1997¾Postmark Date

Undergraduate GPA Form

Official Academic Transcripts (excluding fall 1997)

Each applicant is responsible for obtaining from registrars the official academic transcripts and completed Undergraduate GPA forms and submitting these to ORAU. The applicant should note that failure to postmark the Undergraduate GPA Form and Official Academic Transcripts by the established date will delay processing. Applicants are encouraged to submit the Undergraduate GPA Form and Official Academic Transcripts together with the first six forms listed above.

December 11, 1997¾Receipt Date Reference Report Forms (four are requested)

Each applicant is responsible for obtaining from referees the Reference Report Forms (in sealed envelopes) and submitting these to ORAU. The applicant should note that failure to submit the reference reports by the established date will delay processing. Please print "RRF" in lower left corner of the envelope of any reference report not sent with the application.

Applicants are encouraged to submit all application materials in one envelope postmarked no later than November 6, 1997.

GRE Scores

November 7, 1997 ­ Receipt date for Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) Registration Forms at the Educational Testing Service (ETS) for NSF applicants. To facilitate prompt and accurate processing of the GRE Registration Form at ETS, applicants must print the letters "NSF" conspicuously in the lower left corner of the GRE envelope. GRE Registration Forms are obtained directly from ETS or from four­year colleges and universities.

December 13, 1997 ­ GRE Subject Test date for applicants who have not taken the GRE since October 1, 1992.

December 20, 1997 ­ Date beyond which GRE General Test scores are not likely to be available for review panelists.

Requests for Reactivation of

Course Reports and Transcripts

November 6, 1997 ­ Postmark date for requests for reactivation of transcripts and course reports from the previous year's competition. Reference Report Forms and all other materials provided in a previous application are not transferable. To request reactivation, mail a written request (a separate letter or sheet submitted with the application materials) to ORAU or electronic mail to nsfgrfp@orau.gov by November 6, 1997.

Panel Review of Applications

Panels of experts will convene in Washington, DC, during February 1998 to review applications.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS

Fields of Specialization
ENGINEERINGCHEMISTRY LIFE SCIENCES
6210 Aeronautical and Aerospace 5230 Analytical4530 Animal Behavior
6240 Agricultural5240 Bio-organic 4510 Anatomy
6250 Bioengineering and Biomedical 5250 Bio-inorganic 0999 Biochemistry
6330 Chemical5260 Biophysical 1870 Biological Oceanography
6350 Civil9994 Environmental 1899 Biology
6388 Computer Engineering 5290 Inorganic1299 Biophysics
6390 Electrical and Electronic 5330 Organic1599 Botany (including Plant Physiology)
6741 Energy5350 Physical 1820 Cell Biology
6470 Engineering Mechanics 5331 Polymer1840 Developmental Biology
6532 Engineering Science 5370 Theoretical1830 Ecology
9996 Environmental 5399 Chemistry, other (specify) 4570 Entomology
6580 Industrial 9992 Environmental Sciences
6476 MaterialsGEOSCIENCES 1850 Evolutionary Biology
6620 Mechanical5710 Aeronomy 4590 Fish and Wildlife
6660 Metallurgical 5720 Atmospheric Chemistry 0250 Forestry
6740 Nuclear5750 Chemical Oceanography 2499 Genetics
6245 Ocean5770 Climate Dynamics 0300 Horticulture
6716 Petroleum5740 Geochemistry 1874 Marine Biology
6585 Systems Engineering 5780 Geology3299 Microbiology
6799 Engineering, other (specify) 5800 Geophysics1880 Molecular Biology
5810 Hydrologic Sciences 1829 Neurosciences
MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES 5820 Large-Scale Dynamics Meteorology 3899 Physiology
7010 Algebra or Number Theory 5830 Magnetospheric Physics 1545 Plant Pathology
7030 Analysis5840 Marine Geology and Geophysics 1822 Structural Biology
7050 Applications of Mathematics 5850 Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology 4699 Zoology
(including Biometrics and 5870 Paleoclimate 2299 Life Sciences, other (specify)
Biostatistics)5860 Paleontology
7110 Geometry5880 Physical Meteorology SOCIAL SCIENCES
7130 Logic or Foundations of Mathematics 7799 Physical Oceanography 0693 Biological Anthropology
7140 Operations Research 5890 Solar-Terrestrial 0695 Cultural Anthropology
7150 Probability and Statistics 5889 Geosciences, other (specify) 0694 Linguistic Anthropology
7170 Topology 0696 Medical Anthropology
7199 Mathematics, other (specify) PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY 0697 Physical Anthropology
4999 Astronomy 0699 Anthropology, other (specify)
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION 4930 Astrophysics 0610 Archaeology
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING 8040 Atomic and Molecular 9818 Demography
7200 Computer Science - theory 8050 Condensed Matter Physics 8599 Economics (Business Administration
7210 Computer Science - languages and 8160 Nuclear not eligible)
systems8180 Optics 8799 Geography (other than Physical)
7220 Software Engineering 8110 Particle Physics 9099 History of Science
7230 Database Systems 8200 Physics of Fluids 9098 Philosophy of Science
7240 Artificial Intelligence (including 8210 Plasma9499 International Relations
robotics and expert systems) 8220 Solid State9299 Linguistics
7250 Information Technology and 8260 Theoretical Physics 9399 Political Science
Organizations8299 Physics, other (specify) 9599 Sociology (Social Work not eligible)
7260 Human Computer Interaction 9699 Urban and Regional Planning
7270 Computer Systems Design PSYCHOLOGY9899 Social Sciences, other (specify)
(including signal processing) 4125 Cognitive
7280 Scientific Computing 4130 Developmental
7290 Networks and Communications 4150 Experimental or Comparative
7299 CISE, other (specify) 4189 Industrial/Organizational
4155 Neuropsychology
4165 Perception and Psychophysics
4170 Personality and Individual Differences
4158 Physiological
4162 Quantitative
4190 Social
4199 Psychology, other (specify)

Awards

The review panels' recommendations for fellowships will be reviewed by NSF staff for conformance with Foundation policy. Awards will be made by the NSF in­ late March, 1998. The NSF will notify all applicants by letter of the outcome of their applications. Lists of awardees and honorable mention recipients are posted on the Graduate Research Fellowship Program home page (http://www.ehr.nsf.gov/EHR/DGE/grf.htm). Those applicants who merit receiving Graduate or Minority Graduate Fellowships, but to whom awards cannot be made because funds are not available, will be accorded Honorable Mention. Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate and Minority Graduate Fellowship competitions is considered a significant academic achievement nationwide.

NOTE: All offers and support levels referenced in this Announcement are subject to availability of funds.

The Foundation provides awards for research in the sciences and engineering. The Fellow is wholly responsible for the conduct of such research and preparation of the results for publication. The Foundation, therefore, does not assume responsibility for the research findings or their interpretation.

In accordance with federal statutes, regulations, and NSF policies, no person on grounds of race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefit of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from the National Science Foundation.

Privacy Act and

Public Burden Statements

The information requested on the application materials is solicited under the authority of the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. It will be used in connection with the selection of qualified applicants and may be disclosed to qualified reviewers and staff assistants as part of the review process; to the institution the nominee, applicant, or fellow is attending or is planning to attend or is employed by for the purpose of facilitating review or award decisions, or administering fellowships or awards; to government contractors, experts, volunteers and researchers as necessary to complete assigned work; and to other government agencies in order to coordinate programs. Information from this system may be merged with other computer files to carry out statistical studies the results of which do not identify individuals. Disclosure may be made of awardees' names, home institutions, and fields of study for public information purposes. For fellows or awardees receiving stipends directly from the government, information is transmitted to the Department of the Treasury to make payments. See Systems of Records, NSF­12, "Fellowships and Other Awards," 60 Federal Register 4449 (January 23, 1995). Submission of the information is voluntary. Failure to provide full and complete information, however, may reduce the possibility of your receiving an award.

The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 12 hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden, to: Gail A. McHenry, Reports Clearance Officer, Information Dissemination Branch, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230.

NSF Programs and Publications

The National Science Foundation promotes and advances scientific progress in the United States by competitively awarding grants for research and education in the sciences, mathematics and engineering.

To get the latest information about program deadlines, to download copies of NSF publications, and to access abstracts of awards, visit the NSF Web site at: http://www.nsf.gov

Location: 4201 Wilson Boulevard

Arlington, VA 22230

For General Information

(NSF Information Center): (703) 306-1234

TDD (for the hearing-impaired): (703) 306-0090

To Order Publications or Forms:

Send an e-mail to: pubs@nsf.gov

or telephone: (703) 306-1130

To Locate NSF Employees: (703) 306-1234

The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this program is 47.076, Education and Human Resources.

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