The current GRFP Program Solicitation (NSF 12-599) contains the official eligibility guidelines for the 2013 GRFP competition. All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the Program Solicitation to understand the eligibility guidelines.
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To be eligible for the NSF GRFP, you must:
The "no more than twelve months" limit applies to your entire post-baccalaureate career, not just your current program. If you have completed less than twelve months of your Ph.D. but have previously completed a Master's degree, you would not be eligible for the GRFP.
The complete set of GRFP eligibility guidelines is published in the program solicitation. We strongly encourage all applicants to read the program solicitation carefully before applying. The current solicitation (NSF 12-599) contains the official and only eligibility criteria for the GRFP competition.
The following categories are always ineligible for the GRFP:
Applicants for the 2013 GRFP must have completed no more than 12 months of full-time graduate study or its equivalent as of August 1, 2012. Individuals are typically eligible to apply:
Students in joint BS/MS programs are typically eligible to apply in the fourth year of a four-year joint program, in the fourth or fifth year of a five-year program, and prior to completing any additional graduate study by August 1. Completion of any additional graduate study after the joint program would disqualify an applicant.
Part-time students, or those who have a combination of part- and full-time graduate study are allowed to have completed up to 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits of graduate study.
There is no limit of times an applicant can re-apply for the GRFP, as long as they meet the eligibility guidelines. We encourage applicants to apply to the GRFP as early in their graduate career as possible.
The twelve-month limit applies to the entire graduate career. All post-baccalaureate, graduate level study counts towards this limit, including all Master's and Ph.D. programs, graduate-level coursework completed outside a degree program, and both full-time and part-time study.
If you have completed more than twelve months of graduate study, you may be considered eligible if you have an interruption of at least two consecutive years prior to November 2012, provided you did not previously earn a graduate or professional degree. To be eligible, you must have completed no additional graduate study by August 1, 2012.
Applicants who have already earned any graduate or professional degree are not eligible for the 2013 GRFP.
NSF supports a broad range of fields. A list of eligible fields of study can be found in the appendix of the 2012 program solicitation.
The following programs and areas of study are not eligible:
Anyone who is not a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident alien is ineligible. Foreign nationals who are in the U.S. on a student visa are not eligible.
If you received and accepted a GRFP award, you cannot apply for a second GRFP award.
If you declined a GRFP award and did not notify NSF by the published deadline for accepting the fellowship, you cannot apply for another GRFP award.
If you received a graduate or professional degree in any field, you are not eligible for the GRFP. The only exception is for applicants who completed a joint baccalaureate-master’s program and no additional graduate study.
If you are in a joint science-professional degree program (such as an MD/Ph.D. or JD/Ph.D.), you are ineligible for the GRFP, even if you are proposing to use the GRFP only for the Ph.D. part of your program.
The official GRFP eligibility guidelines are published in the program solicitation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read them carefully.
Please call the GRF Operations Center at (866) 673-4737 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the eligibility guidelines.
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