Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Workshop Series

MSU PhD Career Services, in partnership with the MSU Graduate School, is conducting a workshop series that will present 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 4-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.

Registration is required for the series ( and the full series can be seen on the Grad School event calendar. For additional information see below or download the event flyer.

Workshop Details

Workshop 1

The introductory workshop will provide an overview of the GRFP award, the benefits, 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.
Registration is required:
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 6pm – 7:30pm
Location: Chittenden Hall, room 110

Workshop 2

The second 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.
Registration is required:
Date: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 11am – 12pm
Location: Chittenden Hall, room 110

Workshop 3 and 4

The third and fourth 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.
Registration is required:
Date: October 5 and 12, 2017 10:00-11:30am
Location: Chittenden Hall, room 110

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.

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