Dear graduate students,

The Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) will again be holding its annual NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Proposal Workshop this fall. This is a series of workshops

designed to assist CU-Boulder applicants from the social and behavioral sciences. The workshop series is led by current graduate students who hold NSF graduate fellowships. Since its creation 5 years ago, this workshop has yielded 13 awards and 7 honorable mentions from 68 applications—well above the national average.

Students are very welcome to participate in the workshop, and IBS affiliation is not needed. The sessions will each be one hour, and will begin with a general overview of the GRFP program and the proposal workshop. We will spend the remaining sessions on practical elements of the application, such as the structure of the application, finding the right faculty references, and reviewing drafts. We will also distribute plenty of materials to help you along the process, including examples of actual proposals and personal research statements that have been awarded fellowships. Students will receive hands-on support with their applications, including mentorship from current GRFP recipients who will provide feedback on proposal drafts. The workshop will be held at 8AM in IBS 155A on the following dates: Sept 3, Sept 17, Oct 1, Oct 15. Light breakfast will be served, and no registration is needed for the first meeting. However, if you are interested in attending the workshop series but can't make the first meeting, please email Dan Simon ( to indicate your interest in attending future meetings, and so that we can set you up with a graduate student mentor.

Please don't hesitate to contact Dan or Kendra ( if you have any questions.

Workshop dates and additional info:

  • Tuesday, September 3rd, 8:00-9:00am (IBS 155A) - General information session
  • Tuesday, September 17th, 8:00-9:00am (IBS 155A) - Specific breakdown of the application, break into mentorship groups
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 8:00-9:00am (IBS 155A) - Research proposal workshop
  • Tuesday, October 15th, 8:00-9:00am (IBS 155A) - Personal statement workshop

The application deadline for social sciences and psychology is October 24th 5PM local time.

Please familiarize yourself with the requirements of the application process at the following link:

and for the full program solicitation, including eligibility requirements: