Remote boot camps scheduled for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Fulbright

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Remote boot camps are scheduled throughout the summer for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The first NSF GRFP session is scheduled for May 27, and the first Fulbright session is scheduled for June 7.

Attendees are encouraged — but not required — to attend all the sessions in a series. A full calendar of events can be found through Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring. Attendees are encouraged to register for information sessions in advance by following the below Zoom registration links.


Below is a list of NSF GRFP workshops and their Zoom registration links. Events are co-sponsored with the College of Engineering and the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, the Graduate School. All times are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

May 27, 2:30 p.m.: Introduction to Intellectual Merits and Broader Impacts
June 10, 2:30 p.m.: CV and Gap Analysis
June 24, 2:30 p.m.: Mind-mapping
July 8, 2:30 p.m.: Developing a Broader Impacts Action Plan
July 22, 2:30 p.m.: Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement
Aug. 5, 2:30 p.m.: Graduate Research Statement
Aug. 19, 2:30 p.m.: Peer Review and Discussion on Writing Issues

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Below is a list of the Fulbright workshops and their Zoom registration links. The series will begin with a general presentation by the Fulbright U.S. Student Outreach & Recruitment Team at the Institute of International Education. Other events are co-sponsored by University Libraries. All times are in U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

June 7, 4 p.m.: General Presentation Session by IIE
June 15, 2:30 p.m.: Selecting an Award Type and Choosing a Country
June 22, 2:30 p.m.: Personal Statement: Telling Your Story Effectively
June 29, 2:30 p.m.: Statement of Grant Purpose, English Teaching Assistant session and Study and Research session
July 6, 2:30 p.m.: Approaching the Short Answer Questions: Writing Your Book Jacket
July 13, 2:30 p.m.: Show and Tell: Host Community Engagement Plans
July 20, 2:30 p.m.: Identifying Recommenders, Affiliates and Foreign Language Evaluators
July 27, 2:30 p.m.: Fulbright Drop-in Hour

Questions can be directed to Caitlin Ting, director of URFM, at

Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring is part of the Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated June 01, 2021