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National Science Foundation
Graduate Research Fellowships
Guidelines for Submission of Applications
Program Year 2001
Deadline for entering the competition:
November 7, 2000
(Replaces NSF 99-136)
Information available from:
NSF Graduate Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
P.O. Box 3010
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
Telephone: (865) 241-4300
Internet mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm
Sponsored by the
National Science Foundation
Directorate for Education and Human Resources
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Program Title: Graduate Research Fellowship
Synopsis of Program: The National
Science Foundation (NSF) aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base
of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce
its diversity by offering approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including
awards for women in engineering and computer and information science. Fellowships
provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s
or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering supported
by the NSF and are intended for students in the early stages of their graduate
Applicable Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) No.:
47.076, Education and Human Resources.
• Citizenship: Applicants must
be United States citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the
• Field and Degree Program: Fellowships
are awarded for graduate study in fields supported by the NSF, including the
mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral and social sciences; engineering;
the history of science and the philosophy of science; and for research-based
PhD degrees in science education.
• Earned Graduate Study: Fellowships
are intended for individuals in the early stages of their graduate study. In
most cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior
year of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the
second year of graduate school.
• Anticipated Type of Award:
Fellowships provide three years of support that may be used over a five-year
• Estimated Number of Awards: 900
• Amount of funds available: $16,800
stipend for a 12-month tenure plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure
year pending availability of funds
• Anticipated date of award: New
fellowships to be offered in March 2001
APPLICATION PREPARATION AND SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
A. Application Preparation Instructions
Complete instructions are outlined in Guidelines for Submission
B. Application Deadline
Applications must be submitted via FastLane by 5:00 p.m.
in the applicant’s local time zone on November 7, 2000.
C. FastLane Requirements
• Submission via NSF’s FastLane GRFP process is expected.
• FastLane Technical Questions can be directed to:
FastLane Help Desk: 1-800-673-6188; email@example.com
PROPOSAL REVIEW INFORMATION
Merit Review Criteria: NSF Merit Review Criteria
AWARD ADMINISTRATION INFORMATION
Award Conditions: Outlined in
Information for Graduate Research Fellows booklet
Eligibility Guidelines | Evaluation
and Selection | Selection of Awardees | Conditions
of Awards | Other Opportunities for Fellows and Honorable
Mention Recipients | Guidelines for Applying | Fields
of Specialization |
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS
(Including Women In Engineering And
Computer and Information Science Awards)
ACADEMIC YEAR 2001-2002
The National Science Foundation (NSF) aims 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 in March 2001,
the NSF will award approximately 900 new three-year Graduate Fellowships, including
awards offered for women in engineering and computer and information science.
1 Continuing a long history of program success,
NSF Fellows contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications
in science, mathematics, and engineering.
As part of its mission to promote the progress of science, mathematics, and engineering,
NSF supports individuals and groups to engage in activities that ensure a technologically
literate populace with the understanding and skills needed for the workforce of
the twenty-first century as well as fully trained scientists and engineers for
the present and the future. In forming its investment strategy for education and
human resource development, NSF’s aim is to ensure that all members of society
have real opportunity to succeed in science and technology so that the Nation
can draw upon the strength and creativity that the diversity in our society has
The Foundation welcomes applications from all qualified science, mathematics,
and engineering students and strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons
with disabilities to compete fully in this program.
NSF Graduate Fellowships are open only to individuals who are,
at the time of application, citizens or nationals of the United States 2
or permanent resident aliens of the United States.
Field and Degree Program
Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based
master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering
supported by the National Science Foundation listed later in these Guidelines.
Awards are also made for work toward a research-based PhD in science education
that requires a science competence comparable to that for PhD candidates in scientific
disciplines. Research in bioengineering with diagnosis or treatment-related 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; or in history or social work;
for work in medical, dental, law, public health, or practice-oriented professional
degree programs; or in joint science-professional degree programs such as MD/PhD
and JD/PhD programs. Support is not provided for clinical research or for research
with disease-related 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
Earned Graduate Study
NSF Graduate Fellowships are intended for individuals in the early
stages of their graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. In most
cases, an individual has three opportunities to apply: during the senior year
of college, the first year of graduate school, and the beginning of the second
year of graduate school. Individuals who have completed one year or less of full-time
graduate study in NSF-supported fields will be given preference over more advanced
students. Typically, individuals who started full-time graduate study in August/September
1999 and are applying by November 2000 will be considered to have completed no
more than one year. Applicants who have completed more than one year of full-time
graduate study (or the equivalent in part-time study) should explain in Question
16 of the Application Form the circumstances that they believe qualify
them for being considered to be in the early stages of their graduate program.
Individuals are not disqualified by reason of holding a master’s degree,
provided that they meet the conditions above or in one of the bullets below.
The following list provides examples of individuals who have completed
more than one year of graduate study and who may be considered to be in the early
stages of their graduate study:
• Part-time students who have completed no more than
30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or equivalent of graduate study in the
science, mathematics, or engineering fields supported by this program since
completion of a baccalaureate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering,
• Returning students who have interrupted their studies (for example,
to gain work experience or for family or medical reasons) are considered to
be in the early stages of their graduate studies if their most recent full-time
graduate study is more than two years prior to the time of application and if
this interruption results in the student essentially starting over.
• Students changing fields are considered to be at the early stages
of their graduate studies if the change is great enough so that the student
is essentially starting over. If more than four courses would transfer to the
new program, the reviewers will evaluate this applicant like a second year student
in a continuous program.
• No individual will be eligible who, at the time of application, has earned
after October 1, 1996, a PhD in science, mathematics or engineering,
or any medical degree, such as the MD, DDS, or DVM.
Eligibility for the Women in Engineering and Computer and Information
The Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science (WECS)
awards 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" later in these Guidelines. All women who apply in fields
listed under "Engineering" or "Computer and Information Science and Engineering"
will automatically be considered for a Women in Engineering and Computer and Information
Science award. Aside from this field restriction, other eligibility criteria are
the same as for applicants in other fields.
Each applicant’s qualifications will be reviewed by disciplinary
panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers convened in February 2001
for NSF by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Applications are assigned
to panels based on the applicant’s chosen field(s) of study and are evaluated
on the basis of all available information. In considering applications, reviewers
are asked to address two questions that are the basis of NSF’s merit review criteria:
(1) What is the intellectual merit of the applicant? and (2) What are the broader
impacts of supporting the individual’s graduate study?
Intellectual Merit Criterion
Intellectual merit includes intellectual ability and
other accepted requisites for scholarly scientific study, such as the ability
(1) to work as a member of a team as well as independently; (2) to communicate;
and (3) to plan and conduct research. Panelists are instructed to consider: the
strength of the academic record, the proposed plan of research, the description
of previous research experience, the appropriateness of the choice of references
and the extent to which they indicate merit, Graduate Record Examinations (GRE)
General and Subject Tests scores, and the appropriateness of the choice of institution
for fellowship tenure relative to the proposed plan of research.
Broader Impacts Criterion
Broader impacts of supporting an applicant’s graduate
study may include contributions to community, both social and scholarly. Consideration
is also given to unique characteristics of each applicant’s background, including
personal, professional, and educational experiences. As in all NSF programs, valuing
diversity and the integration of research and education are important elements
of the merit review criteria.
Integration of Research and Education
One of the principal strategies in support of NSF’s goals is to foster integration
of research and education through the programs, projects, and activities it supports
at academic and research institutions. These institutions provide abundant opportunities
where individuals may concurrently assume responsibilities as researchers, educators,
and students and where all can engage in joint efforts that infuse education with
the excitement of discovery and enrich research through the diversity of learner
perspectives. Applicants should address this issue in their written statement(s)
to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully to both NSF
merit review criteria.
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all citizens—women
and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities—are essential
to the health and vitality of science and engineering. NSF is committed to this
principle of diversity and deems it central to the programs, projects, and activities
it considers and supports. Applicants should address this issue in their written
statement(s) to provide reviewers with the information necessary to respond fully
to both NSF merit review criteria.
The review panels’ recommendations for fellowships will
be further reviewed by NSF staff for conformance with Foundation policy. Awards
will be made by the NSF on the basis of merit in accordance with Section 10 of
the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. Selection of awardees
will be in the merit order established by the review panels; other criteria such
as geographical region, 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).
The NSF will publish lists of awardees and Honorable Mention recipients on the
Graduate Research Fellowship Program web site at: http://www.nsf.gov/grfp
in late March 2001. All applicants will be notified by letter of the outcome of
their applications. Those applicants who merit receiving Graduate Research Fellowships,
but to whom awards cannot be made because funds are not available, will be accorded
Honorable Mention. Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
is considered a significant academic achievement nationwide. All offers and support
levels referenced in these Guidelines are subject to availability of funds.
All fellowship awards are made subject to the provisions
contained in the booklet Information for Graduate Research Fellows, including
any subsequent amendments, which is provided to all awardees. Only the most basic
information contained in that booklet is presented in these Guidelines.
Three certifications3 must, by law, be
made before the NSF can authorize funds for a fellowship award.
Fellows may choose any appropriate, accredited, non-profit
United States institution or appropriate international institution of higher education
offering advanced degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering.
Fellows are required to engage in full-time programs leading to graduate degrees
in disciplines supported by NSF. 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 enrolling in any particular institution.
After an award is made, a major change in course of study requires prior NSF approval.
The availability of the second and third years of a three-year 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
Stipend and Allowances
The NSF fellowship stipend during 2001-2002 will be
$16,800 for a 12-month tenure, prorated monthly at $1,400 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.
In addition to the funds for stipend payments, the NSF provides the fellowship
institution, on behalf of each Fellow, a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500
per tenure year. During tenure, Fellows at U.S. institutions will be exempt from
paying tuition and fees normally charged to students of similar academic standing,
unless such charges are optional or are refundable.
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 $10,500
per fellowship year.
A one-time International Research Travel Allowance of $1,000 is available to Fellows
who have arranged to conduct full-time advanced study or 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, this
travel allowance may be used at any appropriate time that travel is initiated
within the five-year 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.
New fellowships to be offered in March 2001 will be
for maximum tenure periods of three years usable over a five-year period. Recipients
may begin fellowship tenure in the summer or fall term. Tenure must be completed
before the beginning of the 2006 fall term. Normal tenure for a Fellow is 9 to
12 months for each fellowship year; funds for unutilized months are forfeited.
A Fellow may reserve any two years over the five-year period to use an alternative
means of support, or to engage in activities other than graduate study. No individual
will be eligible for more than three years of NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
OPPORTUNITIES FOR FELLOWSHIP AWARDEES AND HONORABLE MENTION RECIPIENTS
All fellowship awardees and Honorable Mention recipients
may apply to use the resources at a Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure
Facilitation Awards for Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities (FASED) provide
funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities
(students and faculty) to work on NSF-supported projects. All fellowship awardees
and Honorable Mention recipients who have disabilities may apply for assistance
by contacting: FASED c/o Graduate Research Fellowship Program, National Science
Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard - Room 907, Arlington, VA 22230. See the FASED
program announcement or contact the program coordinator at (703) 292-8636. See
the FASED program announcement at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9154,
or contact the program coordinator at (703) 292-8636.
Individuals should read carefully this document before
attempting to complete any application forms. Inquiries concerning the application
process should be directed to Oak Ridge Associated Universities via e-mail or
All applicants are expected to use NSF’s FastLane Graduate Research Fellowship
Program (GRFP) process: http://www.fastlane.nsf.gov.
With Internet access and a supported World Wide Web browser, an applicant
can submit an application electronically using this secure process. With information
provided by the applicant, references may submit a Reference Report Form
via FastLane; reference reports may also be submitted via postal mail. Security
is provided to ensure that both applications and Reference Report Forms
can be accessed only by authorized persons.
To access the NSF FastLane GRFP process, click on the Graduate Research Fellowships
link on the FastLane Home Page. You will see instructions on how to use the FastLane
GRFP process. Applicants should carefully review all information on the FastLane
GRFP process for detailed instructions that may not be included in this publication.
For questions concerning the FastLane GRFP process, please contact the FastLane
Graduate Research Fellowship support staff at electronic mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone: 1- 800-673-6188.
For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, see the section on ‘Application
Form Retrieval and Submission’ later in these Guidelines.
In early January 2001, applicants will be informed
via e-mail or postal mail of application materials received on their behalf. It
is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials are received by
ORAU; applicants who do not receive a written notification regarding the status
of their application materials by January 15 are encouraged to contact ORAU immediately.
Applicants should consult the ORAU/NSF web site.
throughout the months following the November deadline for current program information
Where to Submit Application Materials
and Reference Report Forms should be submitted electronically using FastLane;
other supporting materials should be submitted in hard copy via postal mail
or special messenger or delivery.
Application materials are not accepted via fax or electronic mail.
• Mailing address:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
P.O. Box 3010
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010
• Overnight delivery or courier address:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
702 South Illinois Avenue, Suite B-102
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
A complete application consists of all the materials
listed below, including GRE General and Subject Tests scores. An incomplete application
is at a disadvantage in the competition and may not be evaluated.
• November 7, 2000–Submission Deadline
Proposed Plan of Research Form
Previous Research Experience Form
The application materials listed above must be submitted via FastLane by 5:00
p.m. in the applicant’s local time zone. [For individuals who do not have access
to the Internet, see the section on ‘Application Forms Retrieval and Submission’
later in these Guidelines.]
Undergraduate GPA Forms and transcripts should be submitted in hard copy.
• November 7, 2000 – Submission Date
Undergraduate GPA Form
Official Academic Transcripts (excluding fall 2000)
Note that above items may be mailed in the same envelope.
• December 7, 2000 – Submission Date
Reference Report Forms (four are expected)
Requests for Reactivation of Official
• November 7, 2000 – Submission date for requests for reactivation
of Official Academic Transcripts.
To request reactivation of Official Academic Transcripts from the
2000 fellowship competition, send electronic mail to email@example.com
by November 7, 2000.
Graduate Record Examinations
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, mathematics, or engineering field most
closely related to their chosen area of graduate study. Further information concerning
payment of GRE registration fees and score reporting for fellowship evaluation
purposes is included in the application materials. Registration forms and information
concerning the GRE are available from four-year colleges, universities, or the
Educational Testing Service (ETS), P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000,
telephone (609) 771-7670, fax (609) 771-7906 or Internet http://www.gre.org.
Application Forms Retrieval and
For individuals who do not have access to the Internet
and NSF’s FastLane system, application forms may be retrieved using the following
methods. Note that applications submitted via postal mail must be postmarked or
delivered in person to ORAU by November 7, 2000. Applications postmarked or submitted
later than November 7, 2000 will not be considered for review.
a. NSF Web Site: http://www.nsf.gov/grfp
Via the Internet, you can download the application forms as either a
PDF printable blank form or a Microsoft Word 97 (or newer version) on-line form.
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 Microsoft Word 97 on-line form, a message will appear to prompt you
to save the Word file to a local disk drive.
b. Information via E-Mail: You can have the Guidelines for Submission
of Applications and application forms sent to you via electronic mail. Each
application form is available in two versions: a PDF printable blank form and
a Microsoft Word 97 (or newer version) on-line form.
Send an electronic mail message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leave the subject line blank. In the body of the message enter:
get nsf00128 (for Guidelines for Submission of Applications)
get fmgfkitp.txt (for instructions to access the PDF files)
- November 3, 2000 - Receipt date for GRE Registration Forms at the ETS for
NSF applicants for the December 9, 2000 Subject Test.
- December 9, 2000 - Last date for GRE Subject Test for NSF applicants.
- December 30, 2000 - Last date for GRE General Test for NSF applicants.
get fmgfkitp.pdf (for the PDF Application Forms Kit)
get fmgfkitd.txt (for instructions to access the Word 97 files)
get fmgfkitd.doc (for the Word 97 Forms Kit)
c. Printed application forms may be obtained by direct
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Oak Ridge Associated Universities
P.O. Box 3010, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-3010
or telephone (865) 241-4300
or fax (865) 241-4513
or Internet electronic mail to: email@example.com
INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING A FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION
Instructions for completing all forms are provided in the following
The information requested on the application materials is solicited pursuant to
the National Science Foundation Act of 1950, as amended. All of the information
you supply will be used to determine eligibility, to correlate application materials,
to assist reviewers in evaluating qualifications of applicants, to select NSF
Fellows and to administer the NSF fellowships. This information will not be disclosed
for any other purpose, except as part of statistical reports in a form which would
not allow identification of individual applicants. Failure to provide full and
complete information necessary for eligibility determination or for evaluation
of qualifications may reduce the possibility of your receiving a fellowship award.
Use this sheet when submitting your NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application
materials via postal mail. List the materials and page count on the form as indicated.
Information Form (NSF Form 289):
1. Social Security number.
2. Former last name (any last name used previously). This will
facilitate retrieval of your GRE scores.
3. List your complete permanent address. Check if the address is U.S.
(including Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern
Mariana Islands) or international. Do not use APO or FPO addresses, college
department addresses, or abbreviated names of streets or cities.
4. The mailing address will be used to notify you of the outcome of
this year’s competition. Check if the address is U.S. (including Puerto Rico,
Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands)
or international. Notify ORAU immediately of any change in mailing address.
5. List one telephone number (daytime) and one e-mail address. The
e-mail address will be used to notify you of application materials received
on your behalf, of eligibility concerns, and for other correspondence through
February 2001. It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy and currency
of this information. Notify ORAU immediately of any change in e-mail address.
6. Date of birth, place of birth, and gender.
7. List the city and state or country of the high school from which
you graduated. Check if the location is U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam,
American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands) or international.
If you received a high school equivalency certificate rather than a diploma,
indicate the name of the state through which it was granted.
8. Use the following descriptions to select your groups.
Ethnicity Definition: Hispanic or Latino. A person of Mexican,
Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or
origin, regardless of race.
Race Definitions: American Indian or Alaska Native. A person
having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including
Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Asian. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the
Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example,
Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands,
Thailand, and Vietnam. Black or African American. A person having origins
in any of the black racial groups of Africa. Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific
Islander. A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii,
Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. White. A person having origins
in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
9. All applicants must be citizens or nationals of the United States,
or permanent resident aliens of the United States at the time of application.
If you are a permanent resident alien, enter the date your permanent resident
status was granted and your alien registration number. Indicate country of citizenship
if not U.S.
10. Indicate if you have a disability that limits a major life activity.
11. In addition to announcing awards, NSF also publishes the names
of applicants who qualify for honorable mention designation. Honorable Mention
in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is considered a significant
achievement nationwide. Failure to respond to this question will be treated
as a negative response.
12. The lists of awardees and honorable mention recipients that NSF publishes
are frequently used by universities to recruit graduate students. To assist
those universities in contacting individuals on the lists, NSF publishes mailing
addresses. Failure to respond to this question will be treated as a negative
13. If applying via postal mail, respond to this question regarding FastLane.
Application Form (NSF Form 289):
1. Major field of specialization: Select only one major
field. Reference the "NSF Supported Fields of Specialization" list in the back
of these Guidelines.
2. Specialized field(s) within major field: From the "NSF Supported
Fields of Specialization" list, select your proposed field and enter the code
number and name on the designated line. If your field is not specified, list
the appropriate "other" code number and enter the name of your specialized field.
3. Multidisciplinary programs: If your graduate program is multidisciplinary,
indicate your primary field of study and the percent of effort in your overall
program. Likewise, indicate your other or secondary fields and the percent of
effort. Refer to the "NSF Supported Fields of Specialization" list. If a field
is not contained in this list, please list the field and the percent of effort.
4. Degree goal: Enter the name of the highest level degree toward
which you expect to work while on your proposed fellowship tenure and the field.
For example, if two years of your fellowship tenure will be spent earning a
master’s degree and one year of your tenure in a PhD program, list the PhD as
your ultimate degree goal.
5. Proposed graduate institution: Indicate your first choice of a
graduate institution. Reviewers consider the appropriateness of the choice in
reviewing your application. You need not have been accepted at this institution
before listing its name. If, after submitting the application, you decide
to change the institution you wish to attend, notify ORAU immediately in writing.
Also list your proposed department within the institution, the city where the
institution is located, and the state or country. Do not abbreviate.
6. Baccalaureate institution: List the institution from which you
will receive or have received your bachelor’s degree. If you have or will have
more than one bachelor’s degree, list the institution of your most recent science
or engineering degree; if no science or engineering degree, list the institution
of your most recent bachelor’s degree. Also list the degree, the year of completion,
the city where the institution is located, and the state or country.
7. Colleges or universities attended: Starting with the current or
most recent college/university (including its location), indicate the beginning
and ending dates of attendance, degree awarded or expected and date, and the
major field of study. For dates, use the "mm/yyyy" format.
8. Current enrollment: If currently enrolled in a college or university,
indicate whether full-time or part-time. Also indicate the level (undergraduate,
graduate, or unclassified postbaccalaureate). Indicate the institution where
you are currently enrolled along with the city and state or country. If you
are not currently enrolled, indicate your present occupation or profession.
9. Five-year Program: Indicate if you are enrolled in a five-year
joint baccalaureate-master’s degree program.
Four-year Program: Indicate if you are enrolled in a four-year joint
baccalaureate-master’s degree program.
10. Completed graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering since
receipt of your bachelor’s degree: List the institution, department, dates
attended, and number of graduate hours (including course work, research, seminars,
and independent study) completed since receipt of your bachelor’s degree. Include
only study in fields supported by this program. For the dates, use the "mm/yyyy"
11. Information regarding the GRE test(s) you took or plan to take
will facilitate reporting of your scores by ETS for purposes of evaluation in
this program. (See GRE Information Sheet.) Indicate whether you have
or have not taken the GRE General Test and indicate the date on which you took
or plan to take the test. Indicate whether you have or have not taken a GRE
Subject Test, provide the date on which you took or plan to take the test and
the field. For the dates, use the "mm/yyyy" format.
12. Individuals chosen to submit Reference Report Forms: Choose faculty
members, scientists, or engineers whose knowledge of your academic and/or professional
experience and ability is current. See "Reference Report Form" later in these
instructions for further information.
13. List your native language.
14. List all fellowships, scholarships, teaching, and other positions
relevant to your field held since entering college/university. Begin with the
most recent position/scholarship.
15. List all academic honors you have received relevant to your major
field of study.
16. Describe your personal or educational experiences in 1000 words
or less. Applicants who have completed more than one year of full-time graduate
study (or the equivalent in part-time study) should explain the circumstances
that they believe qualify them for being considered to be in the early stages
of their graduate program. Type single-spaced using 10-point font size or larger.
17. Describe your experiences integrating research and education, advancing
diversity in science, and contributing to your community, both scholarly and
social in 1000 words or less. Type single-spaced using 10-point font size
Proposed Plan of Research Form (NSF Form 306):
In a clear, concise, and original statement, describe any research interests you
may pursue while on fellowship tenure. Your statement should demonstrate your
understanding of research principles necessary to pursue these interests. Present
your plan with a clear hypothesis or questions to be asked by the research. If
you have not yet formulated a plan of research, your statement should include
(1) a description of two or three research questions that interest you, with an
explanation of the relationship to your previous research, if any, and (2) an
analysis of how you think these questions may best be answered. A listing of courses
alone is not sufficient. Research topics discussed in your proposed plan may be
used in determining eligibility. Type single-spaced using 10-point font size or
larger. There is a 2-page limit.
Previous Research Experience Form (NSF Form 1259):
Describe any scientific research activities in which you have participated, such
as experience in undergraduate research programs or student-originated studies
programs, research experience gained through summer or part-time employment or
in work-study programs, or other research activities, either academic or job-related.
Explain the rationale for your work and your specific role in the research, including
the extent to which you worked independently and/or as part of a team. In your
statement, distinguish between undergraduate and graduate research experience.
If you have had no direct research experience, describe any activities that you
believe have prepared you to undertake research. At the end of your statement,
list any publications and/or presentations made at national and/or regional professional
meetings. Type single-spaced using 10-point font size or larger. There is a 2-page
Undergraduate GPA Form (NSF Form 314):
Complete the applicant’s portion of the Undergraduate GPA (Grade Point
Average) Form and submit it to the Registrar of the institution you listed
in Question 6 of the Application Form.
Transcript Request Form (NSF Form 316):
You must submit complete official transcripts of your academic records,
undergraduate and graduate, excluding fall 2000, by the postmark or submission
date. Only one copy of each transcript is required. Duplicate the Transcript
Request Form as required and submit to all appropriate Registrars.
You should submit a fall 2000 transcript or grade report as soon as it is available.
Reference Report Form (NSF Form 299):
You are expected to submit four (4) Reference Report Forms. Scientists
or faculty members who have current knowledge of your academic and/or professional
experience and ability should be selected as references, since they will be able
to give meaningful answers to the questions asked. NSF suggests that at least
two of the four should be persons with whom you have worked in your present (or
most recent) department, including the thesis adviser if possible.
If you submit your application via FastLane, references may send Reference
Report Forms either via FastLane, if you provide your reference code, or via
postal mail. Reference Report Forms submitted to ORAU directly by the reference
must be submitted or postmarked by December 7, 2000.
If you have applied before and find it necessary to use some of the same people
as references, request that the references prepare new reports. In most cases
they will be able to provide additional and more up-to-date information concerning
your ability and training. Reference Report Forms submitted for a prior
year’s application cannot be transferred to a current application.
Only the NSF Reference Report Form should be used for an NSF Graduate Research
Fellowship application. The student reference statements on file at colleges and
universities will not be accepted in lieu of the NSF Reference Report Form.
Graduate Record Examinations (GRE):
See the GRE Information Sheet for further information concerning the GRE.
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NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION GRADUATE
NSF Supported Fields of Specialization
5399 Chemistry, other (specify)
COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING (CISE)
7240 Artificial Intelligence (including Robotics and Expert
7210 Computer Science - Languages and Systems
7200 Computer Science - Theory
7270 Computer Systems Design (including Signal Processing)
7230 Database Systems
7260 Human Computer Interaction
7250 Information Technology and Organizations
7290 Networks and Communications
7280 Scientific Computing
7220 Software Engineering
7299 CISE, other (specify)
6210 Aeronautical and Aerospace
6250 Bioengineering and Biomedical
6388 Computer Engineering
6390 Electrical and Electronic
6470 Engineering Mechanics
6532 Engineering Science
6585 Systems Engineering
6799 Engineering, other (specify)
5720 Atmospheric Chemistry
5750 Chemical Oceanography
5770 Climate Dynamics
5810 Hydrologic Sciences
5820 Large-scale Dynamics Meteorology
5830 Magnetospheric Physics
5840 Marine Geology and Geophysics
5850 Mesoscale Dynamic Meteorology
5880 Physical Meteorology
7799 Physical Oceanography
5889 Geosciences, other (specify)
4530 Animal Behavior
4531 Animal Science4
1870 Biological Oceanography
1599 Botany (including Plant Physiology)
1820 Cell Biology4
1860 Computational Biology
1840 Developmental Biology
9992 Environmental Sciences
1850 Evolutionary Biology
4590 Fish and Wildlife
1874 Marine Biology
1880 Molecular Biology4
1545 Plant Pathology
4540 Soil Science
1822 Structural Biology
2299 Life Sciences, other (specify)4
7010 Algebra or Number Theory
7050 Applications of Mathematics (including Biometrics and Biostatistics)
7130 Logic or Foundations of Mathematics
7140 Operations Research
7150 Probability and Statistics
7199 Mathematics, other (specify)
PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY
8040 Atomic and Molecular
8050 Condensed Matter Physics
8110 Particle Physics
8200 Physics of Fluids
8220 Solid State
8260 Theoretical Physics
8299 Physics, other (specify)
4120 Cognitive Neuroscience
4150 Experimental or Comparative
4165 Perception and Psychophysics
4170 Personality and Individual Differences
4199 Psychology, other (specify)5
0693 Biological Anthropology
0695 Cultural Anthropology
0694 Linguistic Anthropology
0696 Medical Anthropology
0697 Physical Anthropology
0699 Anthropology, other (specify)
8599 Economics (Business Administration not eligible)
8799 Geography (other than Physical)
9099 History of Science
9499 International Relations6
9098 Philosophy of Science
9399 Political Science
9799 Public Policy6
9599 Sociology (Social Work not eligible)
9699 Urban and Regional Planning6
9899 Social Sciences, other (specify)
Note: For further clarification of research areas
supported by the NSF, see the National Science Foundation Guide to Programs
ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
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in most fields of science and engineering. Awardees are wholly responsible for
conducting their project activities and preparing the results for publication.
Thus, the Foundation does not assume responsibility for such findings or their
NSF welcomes proposals from all qualified scientists, engineers and educators.
The Foundation strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities
to compete fully in its programs. 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, be denied the benefits
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for a particular program).
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funding for special assistance or equipment to enable persons with disabilities
(investigators and other staff, including student research assistants) to work
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The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number for this program is 47.076,
Education and Human Resources.
- Funding for these additional awards is provided by the Directorate for Computer
and Information Science and Engineering, the Directorate for Engineering,
and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources.
- The term "national of the United States" designates a citizen of the United
States or a native resident of a commonwealth or territory of the United States,
such as American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or the Northern
Mariana Islands. It does not refer to a citizen of another country who has
applied for United States citizenship.
- These concern: 1) controlled substances; 2) delinquency on Federal debt;
and 3) debarment and suspension from certain transactions with Federal, State,
or local governments.
- Warning: Research with disease-related goals is not eligible for support
by NSF. Applicants in this field will not be included in the competition if
their Proposed Plan of Research has disease-related goals and/or is insufficiently
focused on basic research questions.
- Warning: Clinical and counseling psychology are generally not supported
in this program; some applicants in this field are judged ineligible because
their Proposed Plan of Research focuses on mental disease, abnormality or
- Warning: Fellowships are awarded only for study leading to research-based
master’s or doctoral degrees. Practice-oriented master's programs are not
eligible for support in this program. PhD programs must be science-based.
PT 22, FF, II