As long as you did not complete any graduate study prior to your current program, and have not earned any graduate or professional degrees (including any Master's degrees), you would still be within the limit of allowed graduate study. The 2013 GRFP Program Solicitation specifies that applicants may have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent by August 1, 2012. Applicants who started in the Fall term (i.e., August or September 2011 start date) would be within this limit.
The 2013 Program Solicitation states, "Applicants may have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent by August 1, 2012. Pre-graduate participation in summer activities (e.g., bridge programs, field studies, lab rotations) offered by a graduate program prior to the start of the Fall graduate program are not included in this total."
If you completed summer activities such as bridge programs, field studies, lab rotations, etc., in Summer 2011 you would most likely still be within the allowed limit of graduate study.
The 2013 Program Solicitation states that "categories of applicants that are always ineligible" include "those who have earned any graduate or professional degree by August 1, 2012, except applicants who have completed a joint BS/MS program and have not completed any further graduate study outside the joint program".
The solicitation does not make any special provision for applicants who completed Master's degrees within 12 months; such programs are considered the same as Master's programs of a longer duration.
Changes of field are not an extenuating circumstance in the 2013 guidelines contained in the current Program Solicitation. The only extenuating circumstance allowed under the 2013 guidelines is as follows: "Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study and who have not earned a graduate degree may be considered eligible if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 2012. To be eligible, applicants must have completed no additional graduate study by August 1, 2012."
Applicants in joint BS/MS programs are typically eligible to apply prior to completion of any further graduate study.
In four-year joint programs, applicants may apply in the fourth year and after completion of the program. In five-year joint programs, applicants may apply in the fourth and fifth years of the program and after completion of the program.
Completion of any further graduate study outside of the joint program will disqualify an applicant.
The 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Program Solicitation lists fields and programs of study that are ineligible in Section IV. 3: Field of Study. If your program or research topic falls into one of the categories specified as ineligible, it would not be supported by the GRFP.
A list of supported fields is in the Appendix of the Program Solicitation.
Academic transcripts are required for all institutions listed in the Education and Work Experience section of your application.
For the 2013 application, applicants will submit their transcripts electronically via the FastLane GRFP application. You will upload an electronic transcript file, similar to the essay files. After you enter each school in the education and work experience section of the application, you will have the option to upload a transcript for that school.
All transcripts for the 2013 GRFP must be submitted electronically. We regret that we cannot accept any hard-copy transcripts that are sent to the GRF Operations Center or NSF.
Once you upload a transcript, you will have the option to view the uploaded file. This view/preview feature will help you determine the legibility of your file.
Transcripts from international institutions are required by the FastLane application module. It is acceptable to submit a scan of an official or unofficial copy of an international transcript.
Supporting material from previous applications, including all transcripts, must be resubmitted. We do not have access to any of the components of previous applications.
GRE Scores are not accepted for the 2013 GRFP. This policy is not intended to be a reflection on the value of the GRE test.
To ensure that all applicants are evaluated using the same application materials, we cannot accept supplemental material. Only materials that are requested as part of the GRFP application can be considered. Any supplemental material that is received will not be included in your application package.
All eligible applicants will be notified of the results of their application by e-mail around early April, 2013.
NSF will post a list of the 2013 awardees and honorable mentions at www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/ at the same time notifications are sent.
Applicants are provided with the unedited, verbatim comments from their rating sheets around the same time that award announcements are made. Rating sheets will be accessible inside your FastLane account.
Please note that once the FastLane system has switched over to a new application cycle, it will not be possible to view rating sheets from previous competitions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to save a copy of their rating sheets before the new application cycle begins.
The only applicants who receive notifications prior to the official award announcement are those whose applications were returned without review due to non-compliance with the guidelines contained in the 2013 Program Solicitation.
All reviewed applicants will be notified of the results at the same time – around early April. We are not able to inform individual applicants of their results prior to the official announcement.
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