Fellowships differ from other proposals in many ways. Most fellowships have set budget amounts and budget categories that can be requested. The content of a proposal is also different depending upon the sponsor; be certain to read through the guidance thoroughly. 

When applying for a fellowship there are two questions you need to ask:

WHO WILL RECEIVE THE FUNDING?

  • If the fellow will receive the funding directly from the sponsor, the applicant can probably submit on his/her own without notifying OCG of the submission. If the fellow is not sure, contact your department's Proposal Analyst and ask for clarification.
  • If the fellow will receive funding through the University, then they will need to work with their Proposal Analyst and go through the normal process for submitting an application.
  • If the fellow has a choice, we recommend submitting through the University for tax and insurance reasons and the support OCG and Sponsored Projects Accounting (SPA) can provide for sponsor award and financial requirements. Follow the process for proposals as described in Get Started Now.

IS A FORMAL BUDGET OR OFFICIAL SIGNATURE REQUIRED?

  • If an approved budget or an official signature is required you will need OCG’s help. Be sure to send the link to the solicitation when contacting your Proposal Analyst.

NIH Fellowships 

NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowships are the most common fellowships we submit at OCG. If you are applying for an NIH fellowship, contact the Proposal Analyst for your department at least 5 business days before the deadline. Your Proposal Analyst can provide additional resources, including a partially completed Grants.gov application, and assistance with submission of your proposal, which must be done through OCG.

The following documents will assist you in starting your proposal:

NASA Fellowships

NASA offers two fellowship programs, Future Investigators in NASA Earth and Space Science Technology (FINESST) and NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF). If you are applying for a NASA fellowship, contact the Proposal Analyst for your department at least 5 business days before the deadline. Your Proposal Analyst can provide additional resources and assistance with submission of your proposal as required per program guidelines.  The NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) has been replaced by the FINESST program.  Only current fellows are eligible to apply for NESSF renewals.

The following documents will assist you in starting your proposal:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) proposals are submitted directly by the applicant follow and do not go through OCG.  The following can assist you with your GRFP proposal:

For further assistance, contact Gretchen O'Connell in the CU Graduate School.