presented by

The Graduate School, The Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, The School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Arts & Sciences, The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and The Writing Center

NSF-GRFP Grant Writing Series

consists of two lectures and a small group segment facilitated by experienced mentors (faculty, postdocs and PhD students).

The Workshop will enable students to have a completed application ready for the NSF-GRFP application deadline in late October.

All seminars and sessions will be facilitated by skilled grant writers who will offer mentorship in developing grant proposals. Students who are interested in applying for fellowships outside the NSF-GRFP but in similar disciplines are invited to attend.

The NSF-GRFP workshop is offered to first or second-year graduate students and college seniors in the following NSF-eligible fields:

  • fields related to science
  • anthropology and archaeology
  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • cognitive science
  • data science
  • economics
  • endangered languages
  • engineering
  • law and social science
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • political science
  • sociology
  • STEM Education
  • technology

For more specific questions regarding eligibility, please visit





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series structure

online lecture with an overview of the process


How to Write a Successful Research Proposal

online beginning Fall 2019



Writing Personal Statements

Steven Pijut | Associate Director of the Writing Center

Tuesday, September 3

3:00 - 4:00PM

Whittaker Hall, Room 100

MEDICAL CAMPUS                     

Wednesday, September 4

3:00 - 4:30PM

Connor Auditorium, FLTC


Following the lectures, students will submit a rough draft of their AIMS. Small group sessions will be offered where students will be mentored by faculty mentors, postdocs, other students, and/or other professionals with grant-writing expertise. 

Please note: In order to attend the Small Group Sessions you must attend both Lecture 1 and 2, submit AIMS draft, and sign-up for the small group sessions. All are welcome to attend the lectures without an obligation to attend the small group sessions. 

  • WEEK 1: Introduction, Problem Statement, Specific Aims outline
  • WEEK 2: Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goal Statement
  • WEEK3: Two-Page proposal draft