Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

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 Reference Submission Deadline

Deadline for submission of reference letters is October 28, 2022 (Friday) 5:00 p.m. EASTERN TIME.

  • Reference letters must be submitted on or before the deadline - NO EXCEPTIONS -
  • After the application submission deadline, the reference writer names cannot be changed. After the letter submission deadline, reference letters cannot be modified or removed.
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 Prepare Reference Letter

One or more applicants to NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program have requested that you provide a reference letter in support of their application.

Applications must have two reference letters in order to be reviewed.

If you are unable to meet the reference letter writer deadline, please notify the applicant before the submission deadline date of the application to provide the applicant with the opportunity to request an alternate reference letter.

Any GRFP reference letters you have submitted in past competitions for an applicant will not be transferred to this GRFP competition.

On behalf of the applicant(s) and NSF, thank you for your participation and assistance.

 Login Instructions for Reference Writers

You will need to use a special account to submit GRFP reference letters every year. Any existing NSF account you have will not work for the GRFP reference letter module.

Log in per instructions you received in the e-mail from NSF requesting the letter of reference. Reference writer accounts are identified by the reference's e-mail address as entered by the applicant on their application. You must use the exact e-mail address entered by the applicant; use of an alternative e-mail account will not allow you to submit your letter to NSF. Your e-mail address can be found in the NSF e-mail requesting the letter of reference. If you have trouble with the password you were provided, please click here to Create a New Password.


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