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Apply for National Graduate Fellowships

National fellowships are prestigious awards that can pay for your graduate education, expand your professional network, and help launch your career. In addition, you can earn up to $500 in incentive grants from Purdue, simply for applying! Learn more about these opportunities and how to apply below.

Purdue Incentive Grants

Engineering graduate students can earn up to $500 in incentive grants ($250 from the Purdue Graduate School plus $250 from the College of Engineering) when you meet all eligibility requirements and submit proof that you applied for an eligible national fellowship like the NSF, NDSEG, or DOE fellowships. Learn more about Purdue’s Incentive Grant at www.purdue.edu/gradschool/funding/funding-opportunities/gs-fellowships.html

About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)

**Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only**

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship is open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents. Seniors and first- or second-year graduate students in the STEM disciplines may apply. Benefits include a $34,000 annual stipend for three years. Learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship at www.nsf.gov/grfp, and register for an upcoming workshop below.

Graduate Students & Seniors: Put together a competitive application now!

Learn to put together a competitive NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application by attending this workshop! This workshop is intended for graduate students and undergraduate seniors who are interested and ready to start applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In this workshop, you will: 1) Learn the strategies for submitting competitive fellowship applications 2) Get tips for enhancing your application 3) Gain an understanding of the process, and 4) Learn about additional national fellowships.

Attend one of the following NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Workshops:

August 28, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. in STEW 214AB

August 29, 2017, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. in STEW 214AB

September 14, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ARMS B071

Register for a workshop here.

**Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only**

Sophomores and Juniors: Prepare now for your future application!

Prepare now for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship application by attending this workshop! This workshop is intended for sophomores and juniors who are interested in learning about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. In this workshop, you will learn actions you can take now to prepare: 1) Learn the strategies for submitting competitive fellowship applications 2) Get tips for enhancing your application 3) Gain an understanding of the process, and 4) Learn about additional national fellowships.

September 27, 2017, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in ARMS 1103

Register for a workshop here.

**Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only**

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) and Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-CSGF)

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG) provides full tuition and fees, health insurance, and $34,000/yr stipend for three years. Awardees must be entering or in the first two years of a graduate program with planned PhD research in an area of relevance to the Department of Defense. See the list of study areas and learn more at https://ndseg.asee.org. Please note: Eligibility is limited to US citizens and nationals.

The Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE-CSGF) provides full tuition and fees, a stipend of $36,000, and a professional development allowance for up to four years. A twelve-week practicum at a DOE national laboratory is also included. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are entering or in their first year of graduate school with planned Ph.D. research in an area relevant to DOE. Learn more at www.krellinst.org/csgf.

To learn more about applying for these two fellowships: Register for NDSEG/DOE Workshop

August 30, 2017, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. in STEW 202

Attend Writing Workshops

NSF-GRFP Writing Workshop

In the first session of this three session workshop, learn how to write the “Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals” and “Graduate Research Plan” statements.  Discover how to satisfy the NSF Review Criteria—Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts—as you construct your written statements. Then, over the following two sessions, receive peer and instructor feedback on your written drafts.

Attend one of these three-session writing workshops which includes:

  • NSF GRFP "Writing Overview"

  • “Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals” Written Draft Feedback

  • “Graduate Research Plan” Written Draft Feedback

September 18, October 2, and October 16, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

OR

September 21, October 5, and October 19, 2017, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION:  Purdue Graduate Student Center, Room 105AB

Register for a NSF-GRFP workshop here.

Writing Effective Fellowship Essays

In the first session of this two-session workshop, students will learn how to interpret fellowship application essay requirements and do prewriting activities. The following session will consist of instructor and peer evaluation of an essay the students write according to the requirements of a fellowship application of their choice. The workshop is offered three times per year, including in the summer.

September 25 and 27, 2017, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Learn more and register for this and other workshops at: www.engineering.purdue.edu/gradworkshops

Additional Fellowships

The College of Engineering has compiled a list of more than 50 major fellowships, organized by citizenship eligibility. Access a PDF of this list here.

https://engineering.purdue.edu/Engr/Academics/Graduate/pdfs/fellowship-list.