The Linguistic Society of America is hosting a webinar for linguistics scholars focused on applying for the National Science Foundation’s  Graduate Research Fellowships.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, May 10 from 2:30 to 4:30 PM US EDT. 

Register for the webinar here.  Participation is limited to 100 attendees, but the webinar will be archived for later viewing.

Who:  Students, mentors, faculty advisors

Students early in their research training - undergraduates, post bacs, first or second year graduate students, those whose graduate training was interrupted, and faculty advisors - are encouraged to attend, especially those from tribal colleges  (TCUs),  historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and other minority serving institutions. You do not need to be a member of the LSA to attend, although members of the LSA will be given first priority in registration and the focus will be on research in the language sciences. Attendance will be capped at 100 attendees, so please sign up early!  The webinar will be recorded and available on the LSA website for those who are unable to attend.

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a prestigious fellowship program that provides three years of stipend support ($34K/yearly plus an educational allowance for tuition), over a five year fellowship period that includes professional development opportunities.  Applications are due in late October.  This funding is available to U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents who are eligible.  Eligible applicants include undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a research-based graduate degree in STEM fields supported by NSF that include linguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics, and computational linguistics.  The GRFP's goals include broadening participation in science and engineering of underrepresented groups, including women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans.  The fellowship competition is highly selective; this year, roughly 16% of applications were awarded.  


Why: Students will learn how to prepare successful applications.  Faculty advisors will learn how to prepare a letter of recommendation and how to mentor students in the program.

This webinar will present an overview of the NSF GRFP program and tips for preparing successful applications for potential applicants and their faculty advisors.   You will learn what the GRFP application involves and how to prepare an application (if you are a student), or how to prepare a letter of recommendation and mentor students (if you are a faculty member). 

The two-hour webinar will begin with a presentation from NSF Program Officers Susan Brennan and Colleen Fitzgerald, with an overview of the GRFP.  This will include a program description, benefits of the fellowship, parts of the application, review criteria, and strategies for putting together a competitive package.  Then recent Fellow Ivy Hauser (University of Massachusetts Amherst) will participate in a facilitated conversation about her experience preparing a successful application and the benefits of being a Fellow.  There will also be time for webinar participants to submit questions for the program officers and Ms. Hauser.