Guidelines for Submission of Applications
Program Year 2002
for entering the competition: November 7, 2001
Summary of Program Requirements || General Information || Eligibility
|| Evaluation of Applications || Selection of
Conditions of Awards || Other Opportunities for Fellowship Awardees and Honorable Mention Recipients
Guidelines for Applying || Deadlines || Instructions for Completing a Fellowship Application
Important Points || NSF-Supported Fields of Specialization || About the National Science Foundation || Privacy Act and Public Burden Statements
|Summary of Program Requirements|
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 2002, the NSF will award approximately 900 new three-year
Graduate Fellowships, including awards offered for women in engineering and
computer and information science.1
NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research,
teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering.
These contributions, in turn, will broadly impact society and the
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, NSFs 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 to offer.
1 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.
Citizenship || Field, Degree Program, and Research Topics || Earned Graduate Study || Eligibility for the Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility using the
criteria described in the sections below. In
some cases this review continues through the disciplinary panels convened in
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.
2 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.
Field, Degree Program, and Research Topics
Fellowships are awarded for graduate study leading to research-based
masters 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 (except in history of science) 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 a focus on disease, especially
applied research on the diagnosis or treatment of physical or mental disease,
abnormality or malfunction in humans or animals. Research involving animal models of such conditions, the
development or testing of drugs, or other procedures for their treatment is also
not eligible for support. Basic
research in fields supported by NSF (listed later in these Guidelines) is usually eligible notwithstanding the fact that it may
lead to long-term disease-related applications.
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 no more than one full year of graduate study (or the
equivalent in part-time study3)
are eligible. Typically,
individuals who started full-time graduate study in August/September 2000 and
who have earned no prior graduate credit will be considered to have completed no
more than one full year when applying by November 2001.
Most individuals who have
completed more than one full year of graduate study (or the equivalent in
are too advanced to be eligible for this program.
However, some individuals with more than a year of graduate study,
including some holding a masters degree in an NSF-supported field, are
eligible. The following two
questions are asked when assessing the eligibility of applicants with more than
a year of graduate study in NSF-supported fields.
(1) Is the applicant essentially starting over?
(2) Will the applicant be no further along than a student who had
completed only one year in the proposed program?
An applicant with more than one year of graduate study in NSF-supported
fields must address these questions in Question 19 of the Application
Form. This response will be
considered along with the entire application in evaluating eligibility.
There are three principal
reasons why an individual with more than a year of graduate study in an
NSF-supported field might be eligible:
A significant change of field is proposed.
Whether a given program constitutes a substantial field change is a
subjective judgment. Similarities
between the proposed program of study and the previous study or research are
examined in detail. Changes within
a given discipline, such as from topology to geometry in mathematics, are seldom
sufficient. Changes from quite distinct fields, for example, from biology to
economics, are generally considered to be sufficient.
When the change is between related fields, such as from biology to
ecology or from mechanical engineering to bio-medical engineering, the decision
usually hinges on the path the student has followed. If there is considerable similarity in the research and the
coursework between the previous study and the proposed study, such changes are
not enough to make an applicant eligible.
An interruption in studies is demonstrated.
Applicants who have interrupted their graduate studies (for example, to
gain work experience or for family or medical reasons) may be eligible if the
interruption is for a period of more than two years. However, when the applicant has been engaged in activities
(professional or academic) related to the proposed research, then the
interruption by itself will typically not be enough to make a student with more
than a year of graduate study eligible.
A change in university is proposed.
If an applicant completes some graduate study at one university and then
enrolls in a similar field in a different university, he or she must be viewed
as being no further along than a student who has completed one full year at the
proposed university in order to be considered eligible.
That applicant must make a convincing case that little of the earned
coursework would transfer and also that there is a substantial change in
are two situations in which applicants with graduate study completed are always
who earned a PhD in science, mathematics or engineering, or any medical
degree, such as the MD, DDS, or DVM, after October 1, 1997.
Those who have already received and held tenure as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow.
For eligibility purposes assume that 9 semester
hours of part-time study is equal to a full-time semester, and that 6 semester
hours of part-time study is equal to a summer session.
Thus, a student with more than 24 semester hours of graduate credit
earned subsequent to a bachelors degree would be, for eligibility purposes,
viewed as having completed more than the equivalent of one year of full-time
Eligibility for the Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science Awards
The Women in Engineering and Computer and Information Science (WECS) awards are for women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in Engineering or Computer and Information Science and Engineering. All women who apply in fields listed under Engineering or Computer and Information Science and Engineering later in these Guidelines will be considered for a WECS award. Other eligibility criteria are the same as for applicants in other fields.
Each applicants qualifications will be reviewed by disciplinary panels of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers convened in February 2002 for NSF by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Applications are assigned to panels based on the applicants chosen field(s) of study and are evaluated on the basis of all available information. (The rating sheet can be viewed at http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm.) In considering applications, reviewers are asked to address two questions that are the basis of NSFs merit review criteria: (1) What is the intellectual merit of the applicant? and (2) What are the broader impacts of supporting the individuals 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 applicants graduate study may include
contributions to community, both social and scholarly.
In reviewing an applicant's merit, reviewers consider unique
characteristics of each applicants 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 NSFs 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
Integrating Diversity into NSF Programs, Projects, and Activities
Broadening opportunities and enabling the participation of all
citizenswomen and men, underrepresented minorities, and persons with
disabilitiesare 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
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 2002. 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 Information
for Graduate Research Fellows online booklet (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0194),
including any subsequent amendments. Only
the most basic information contained in that booklet is presented in these Guidelines.
must, by law, be made before the NSF can authorize funds for a fellowship award.
4 These concern: 1) controlled substances; 2) delinquency on Federal debt; and 3) debarment and suspension from certain transactions with Federal, State, or local governments.
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 of study.
Stipend and Allowances
The NSF fellowship stipend during 2002-2003 will be $20,500 for
a 12-month tenure, prorated monthly at $1,708 for lesser periods.
There is no dependency allowance. At
its discretion, each fellowship institution may supplement a Fellows 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 Fellows advanced degree objectives and must be
approved by the Fellows 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
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 2002 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 2007 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
|Other 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 (PACI) facility.
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:
c/o Graduate Research Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Boulevard - Room 907
Arlington, VA 22230
See the FASED program announcement at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf9154,
or contact the program coordinator at (703) 292-8636.
These and other opportunities are explained in the Additional
Fellowship Provisions section of the Information
for Graduate Research Fellows online booklet (http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0194).
|Guidelines for Applying|
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 telephone.
All applicants are expected to use NSFs 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:
For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, see
letters b and c under Application Forms Retrieval and Submission later in
Graduate Record Examinations
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship applicants are recommended to have scores from
the GRE General Test to support the review of their application.
If the applicant will not have GRE General Test scores earned since
October 1, 1996, the applicant should notify ORAU at the time of submission of
the application. If you plan to
take the GRE General Test in support of your application, you should make
arrangements to take it no later than January 5, 2002.
Scores from tests taken after January 5, 2002 will not be accepted.
All applicants are recommended to have scores from the Subject Test in their proposed field of graduate study, if a test is offered. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) offers Subject Tests in the following NSF-supported fields: Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology; Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Mathematics; Physics; and Psychology. If the applicant's proposed field of graduate study is listed above and the applicant will not have Subject Test scores earned since October 1, 1996, the applicant should notify ORAU at the time of submission of the application. If you plan to take a Subject Test in support of your application, you should make arrangements to take it no later than December 8, 2001.
How to Obtain GRE Information for Test Registration
You are responsible for obtaining your own GRE Information
and Registration Bulletin and registration form either on your campus, or
directly from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New
Jersey 08541-6000, telephone (609) 771-7670, fax (609) 771-7906 or
Complete test registration instructions are given in the GRE Information
and Registration Bulletin and on the web site.
of GRE Scores
Only GRE scores from
tests taken between October 1, 1996 and January 5, 2002 will be accepted for the
2002-2003 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship competition.
Applicants should not request score reports from ETS for their fellowship
application and should not submit scores directly to ORAU.
There is not an active Fellowship Sponsor Code for this program.
Under ETS policy, all GRE General and Subject Tests scores in the GRE
database from tests administered since October 1, 1996 (and prior to the
fellowship application test date cutoff of January 5, 2002) will be reported
directly to ORAU. In cases where an applicant for an NSF Fellowship has
registered for the GRE using a different name, date of birth, or Social Security
number, the applicant should notify ORAU in writing at the time of submission of
of Subject Test Fee
NSF will pay Subject Test
registration fees for applicants who register for the December 8, 2001
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 2, 2001.
The registration form and Request
for Payment of GRE Subject Test Fee form must be submitted via postal mail
(but no payment is required). NSF
fee sponsorship cannot be requested using electronic registration.
It is the applicants responsibility to ensure that all
materials are received by ORAU; applicants will be notified about a secure web
site where they may access application status information.
Applicants should consult the ORAU/NSF web site http://www.orau.org/nsf/nsffel.htm
throughout the months following the November deadline for current program information
Where to Submit Application Materials
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, 2001Submission 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 applicants local time zone.
(For individuals who do not have access to the Internet, see the letters
b and c under Application Forms Retrieval and Submission later in these Guidelines.)
Late applications will not be accepted.
November 7, 2001Preferred Submission Date
Undergraduate GPA Form
Official Academic Transcripts (excluding fall 2001)
Undergraduate GPA Forms and transcripts should be submitted in
hard copy. These items may be
mailed in the same envelope.
December 6, 2001Preferred Submission Date
Reference Report Forms (four are expected)
Requests for Reactivation of Official Academic Transcripts and/or Undergraduate GPA Forms
November 7, 2001Submission date for requests for
reactivation of Official Academic Transcripts and/or Undergraduate GPA Forms
from the 2001 competition. Send
requests via electronic mail to email@example.com.
Graduate Record Examinations
November 2, 2001Receipt date for GRE registration forms at the ETS for NSF applicants for the December 8, 2001 Subject Test.
December 8, 2001Last date
for GRE Subject Test for NSF applicants.
January 5, 2002Last date
for GRE General Test for NSF applicants.
Application Forms Retrieval and Submission (Hard Copy Only)
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, 2001.
Applications postmarked or submitted later than November 7, 2001 will not
be considered for review.
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 Acrobat Reader 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.
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)
Send an electronic mail message to:
Leave the subject line blank. In
the body of the message enter:
get nsf01146.htm (for Guidelines for Submission of Applications)
get nsf01146.pdf (for Guidelines for Submission of Applications)
get fmgfkit.pdf (for the
PDF Application Forms Kit)
get fmgfkit.doc (for the Word 97 Application Forms Kit)
Printed application forms may be obtained by
direct request from:
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 electronic mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructions for completing all forms are provided in the following sections. 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 collate application materials, to assist reviewers in evaluating the merit 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 that 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):
The data requested on the Information
Form is used to facilitate the reporting of your GRE scores, in the analysis
and reporting of program demographics, and to contact you.
Your responses to the demographic questions are voluntary.
last name. List all last names used previously.
This will facilitate retrieval of your GRE scores.
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.
mailing address will be used to notify you of the outcome of this years
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).
6. List 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
2002. It is your responsibility to ensure the accuracy and currency
of this information. Notify ORAU
immediately of any change in e-mail address.
Date of birth and place of birth.
Check if the location is U.S. (including Puerto Rico, Guam, American
Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands) or international.
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.
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.
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. Indicate
country of citizenship if not U.S.
if you have a disability that limits a major life activity.
addition to publishing the names of applicants to whom awards will be offered,
NSF also publishes the names of applicants who qualify for honorable mention
designation. See http://www.nsf.gov/grfp for previous
lists. 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.
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. See http://www.nsf.gov/grfp
for previous lists. Failure to
respond to this question will be treated as a negative response.
how you learned about the program.
applying via postal mail, respond to this question regarding FastLane, NSF's
Internet/Web based system for electronic applications.
Your answer to the question is for administrative use.
In the future NSF intends to require submission of applications using
Application Form (NSF Form 289):
Major field of specialization: Select only one major field.
Refer to the NSF-Supported Fields of Specialization list in the
back of these Guidelines. (The major
field will be automatically selected for FastLane applicants based on selection
of specialized field.)
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.
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.
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 masters degree and one year of your tenure in a PhD program, list the PhD
as your ultimate degree goal.
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. Also list your
proposed department within the institution, the city where the institution is
located, and the state or country. Do
institution: List the institution from which you will receive or have
received your bachelors degree. If
you have or will have more than one bachelors 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 bachelors degree.
Also list the degree, the year of completion, the city where the
institution is located, and the state or country.
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
enrollment (as of fall 2001): If currently enrolled in a college or
university, indicate whether full-time or part-time.
Also indicate the level (undergraduate or graduate).
Indicate the institution where you are currently enrolled along with the
city and state or country.
Program: Indicate if you are or have been enrolled in a five-year joint
baccalaureate-masters degree program.
Program: Indicate if you are or have been enrolled in a four-year joint
baccalaureate-masters degree program.
Completed graduate courses in any field since receipt of your
bachelors degree: List the institution, department, dates attended, and
number of graduate hours (including individual courses, research, seminars, and
independent study) completed since receipt of your bachelors degree.
For the dates, use the mm/yyyy format.
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 the passage on "Graduate Record Examinations" in the Guidelines.) 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.
If you will not have General Test and/or Subject Test scores earned since
October 1, 1996, send an explanation to ORAU via postal or electronic mail (or
via the comment box available to FastLane applicants).
chosen to submit Reference Report Forms: Choose individuals, preferably
faculty members in science or engineering fields, whose knowledge of your
academic and/or professional experience and ability is current.
See Reference Report Form later in these instructions for further
your native language.
List up to five fellowships, scholarships, teaching and work experiences
relevant to your field held since entering college/university.
Begin with the most recent.
List significant academic honors you have received relevant to your
major field of study.
your personal, professional, or educational experiences or situations.
Review the instructions for the Previous
Research Experience Form to avoid duplicating information.
Type single-spaced using 10-point font size or larger.
There is a 1-page limit.
your experiences in the following: Integrating
research and education (for example, participating in and encouraging discovery
at various levels); advancing diversity in science (for example, contributing to
the participation of underrepresented groups); contributing to your community
(both scholarly and social). Type
single-spaced using 10-point font size or larger.
There is a 1-page limit.
Mark the choice that most
appropriately describes your current status.
If you have been a part-time graduate student, assume that 9 semester
hours of part-time study is equal to a full-time semester, and that 6 semester
hours of part-time study is equal to a summer session.
Thus, a student with more than 24 semester hours of graduate credit
earned subsequent to a bachelors degree would be viewed as having completed
more than the equivalent of one year of full-time graduate study.
19. If you have completed more than one year of full-time graduate study or the equivalent (as reflected in your response to Question 18), explain the circumstances that you believe demonstrate that you are in the early stages of your proposed graduate program. Be sure to read the passage on "Earned Graduate Study" in the Guidelines. Type single-spaced using 10-point font size or larger. There is a 1-page limit.
Proposed Plan of Research Form (NSF Form 306):
In a clear, concise, and original statement, describe research interests you may pursue while on fellowship tenure. Your statement should demonstrate your understanding of research principles necessary to pursue these interests and explain the relationship to your previous research, if any. 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 a description of one question that interests you and an analysis of how you think the question 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, including references.
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 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 purpose of the research and your specific role in the research, including the extent to which you worked independently and/or as part of a team, and what you learned from your research. 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 limit, including references.
Undergraduate GPA Form (NSF Form 314):
Complete the applicants 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. The form is available at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp.
Transcript Request Form (NSF Form 316):
You should submit a single complete copy of each official transcript from all academic institutions attended, undergraduate and graduate, excluding fall 2001, by the preferred submission date. Submit a fall 2001 transcript or grade report as soon as it is available. Duplicate the Transcript Request Form as required and submit to all appropriate institutions. The form is available at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp.
Reference Report Form (NSF Form 299):
You are expected to submit or have submitted on your behalf four 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 applicable.
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.
The form is available at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp.
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
should be submitted or postmarked by December 6, 2001.
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 years application cannot be transferred to a current
for Payment of GRE Subject Test Fee:
If you wish to have NSF pay your GRE Subject Test registration fee, send the Request for Payment of GRE Subject Test Fee form with your GRE Subject Test registration form for the December 8, 2001 GRE Subject Test to ETS by November 2, 2001. Refer to the passage on Graduate Record Examinations in the Guidelines. The form is available at http://www.nsf.gov/grfp.
If you submit an application via postal mail, and wish to be notified that your application packet has been received, include a self-addressed stamped postcard (3˝ x 5˝ minimum) with the initial packet.
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6 Warning: Research with disease-related goals is not eligible for support by NSF. Applicants in this field will be judged ineligible if their Proposed Plan of Research has disease-related goals and/or is insufficiently focused on basic research questions.
7 Warning: Clinical and counseling psychology are generally not supported in this program; applicants in this field will be judged ineligible if their Proposed Plan of Research focuses on mental disease, abnormality or malfunction.
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