Published: April 13, 2022

Thirty-nine CU Boulder graduate students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, a prestigious award that recognizes and supports outstanding students in a wide variety of science-related disciplines. With 39 awardees in 2022, CU Boulder ranks 10th among universities in the United States for graduate research fellowship recipients. In addition, 28 graduate students received honorable mention recognition. 

Twenty-two of the winners attended a workshop presented jointly by the Graduate School, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Engineering & Applied Science on how to apply for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Eighteen of that initial group also attended a series of writing workshops to hone their proposals.

“This marks the second consecutive year that CU Boulder has been in the top 10 nationally for NSF Graduate Research Fellowships,” said E. Scott Adler, dean of the Graduate School. “This is a testimony not only to the excellence of our academic disciplines at CU Boulder but also to our deliberate approach to cultivating this success through the workshops that focus on encouraging and assisting our graduate students with their applications for these prestigious fellowships.”

Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and full coverage of tuition, fees and insurance, along with opportunities for international research and professional development that span five years. The 2022 fellowship recipients represent a wide range of disciplines from across campus, including engineering, biochemistry, geosciences, ecology, STEM education, anthropology, astronomy and physics.

“The workshops are a partnership that is key to investing in the continued research excellence of CU Boulder and in the future success of our academic leaders in training,” said Adler. “Our results put CU Boulder ahead of leading research universities such as UCLA, CalTech, Columbia and Yale.”