Preparing an NSF-GRFP Fellowship Application Workshop Series

The Graduate School at UW-Madison in collaboration with the Delta Program is running a series of workshops designed to help senior undergraduates and graduate students in the early stages of their graduate studies prepare a competitive application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. The workshops will be live streamed and open to students at CIRTL Network institutions. See below for a complete list of the workshops in this series. To learn more about the GRFP fellowship visit

» Five year fellowship period with three years of financial support
» Annual stipend of $34,000
» Cost of Education allowance of $12,000 to the institution
» Professional development opportunities (GRIP and GROW)
» XSEDE supercomputer access for Fellows and honorable mentions
» No service requirement
» Access to supplemental funding to sustain research while on medical deferral (e.g. maternity/paternity leave)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Overview and Fellows Panel

Date: Thusday, September 7, 2017
Time: 3:30-5:00 p.m. ET / 2:30-4:00 p.m. CT / 1:30-3:00 p.m. MT / 12:30-2:00 p.m. PT

UW-Madison Location: Biotechnology Center, Auditorium (425 Henry Mall)

Registration is closed.


This workshop is intended to be an informational session about applying to the National Science Foundation GRFP. It will give an overview of the application to provide prospective applicants (i.e. senior undergraduates or graduate students in the biological, physical, or social sciences) an idea of the amount of work involved and where to start. There will also be a panel of current fellows who will be able to answer questions about the process.


Access a video recording of this event here:


Writing Fellowship/Grant Applications

Date: September 14, 2017
Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET / 12:00-1:00 p.m. CT / 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. MT / 10:00-1:00 a.m. PT

UW-Madion Location: Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191
Registration closed.


This workshop will provide an outline of the fellowship application writing process. We will cover how to take into account argument, organization, and style in preparing a fellowship application. We will also discuss how to adapt written applications to different funding audiences.

NSF GRFP Faculty Reviewers Panel

Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET / 4:30-6:00 p.m. CT / 3:30-5:00 p.m. MT / 2:30-4:00 p.m. PT

UW-Madison Location: Union South, Northwoods

Registration closed.


This panel will feature faculty members who have served as reviewers for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. They will share insights about the review process and tips on how to make your application more successful.

NSF Application Broader Impacts Workshop: How to Address the Broader Impact in Your Fellowship Application

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET / 9:00-11:00 a.m. CT / 8:00-10:00 a.m. MT / 7:00-8:00 a.m. PT

UW-Madion Location: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

UW Madison participants register here:

Non-UW Madison students through CIRTL register here:


The National Science Foundation (NSF) employs two criteria in the review of Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applications, namely intellectual merit and broader impact. Experience shows that while most applicants have little difficulty responding to the criterion relating to intellectual merit, many struggle to frame the broader impacts of the activities they propose to undertake. To address the broader impacts, applications are expected to include ways in which activities and projects will advance discovery and understanding, broaden the participation of underrepresented groups, enhance the infrastructure for research and education, and ultimately benefit society. This workshop is designed to help you address the concept of broader impacts in your fellowship application, and specifically is a time for you to discuss strategies for writing a successful broader impact plan, hear from panelists about successful fellowship proposals, and learn about resources on campus focused on effective integration of research and education. This workshop is co-sponsored by the Delta Program, WISCIENCE and WARF.

If you have any questions about this workshop series please contact Don Gillian-Daniel at