NSF offers non-academic research internships for graduate students


October 20, 2020

NSF enables graduate students already supported on an NSF award to pursue internship and training opportunities outside of academia and augment their research assistantships with non-academic activities. These activities will help graduate students acquire professional development experience relevant to multiple career pathways.

Learn more in Dear Colleague Letter: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity (NSF 21-013).

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