Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop Series

The MSU AGEP Program is conducting a workshop series that will present NSF GRFP program information and provide structured practice to create competitive GRFP application. The MSU workshop is based on similar workshops at other universities that have resulted in an increase in the number of successful GRFP applications.

In the MSU workshop, STEM undergraduate and graduate students will participate in a 5-part series that will include an overview of the GRFP and application process, first-hand advice from GRFP reviewers and recent awardees, and two interactive sessions to review and revise their application documents. The workshop will also provide a timeline and guidance for requesting recommendation letters. In addition to preparing a more competitive GRFP application, workshop participants will gain experience drafting a research outline and conveying their research to broad audiences.

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Workshop Details

Workshop 1 - September 11 at 6:00-7:30 PM EST

The introductory workshop will provide an overview of the GRFP award and the benefits. In addition, the workshop will provide a hands-on personal statement writing opportunity for preparation for fellowship applications.

Workshop 2 - September 12 at 6:00-7:30 PM EST

The introductory workshop will go into more detail about the GRFP award, and the required application documents. In addition, the workshop will walk through the application timeline, how to request letters of recommendation, advice for the research statement, and practice activities to prepare the participants to start their GRFP application. The panel will be live-streamed to participating universities.

Workshop 3 - September 19 at 6:30-7:30 PM EST

The third workshop in this series will be a panel of current GRFP Fellows and recent GRFP reviewers. The panelists will share their advice on what makes competitive applications and answer questions. The panel will cover all aspects of the application but will pay particular attention to the personal statement of the application package. The panel will be live-streamed to participating universities.

Workshop 4 (September 26) and 5 (October 3) 6:00-7:30 PM EST

The fourth and fifth workshops will be an opportunity for workshop participants get feedback on their research statement and personal statements from fellow participants. Workshop facilitators will start each session with an overview of how to review an application and reminders of the review criteria. Workshop participants will then be free to review and provide feedback to each other. These sessions will not be live-streamed.

GRFP application review

After the two peer-review sessions, workshop participants will have the opportunity to submit their application online for current GRFP Fellows at MSU to review. Submission details and review timeline will be provided in the workshops.

Additional resources

MSU GRFP 2023 D2L course website:
GRFP homepage:
2023 GRFP Flyer (PDF)