Thoughts About the NSF GRFP Application

Having received a 2021 NSF GRFP Fellowship, I thought it would be useful to share a little about my application process, some methods I used to strengthen my application, and tips that other NSF fellows past down to me. A fellow forewarning to take all of the following with a healthy grain of salt; the competition pool changes year-to-year and there are aspects of my application that may have made me a weaker or stronger applicant if this was a different year. The following statistics should also be taken into account: I received the fellowship as a senior undergraduate from an R1 state school.

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