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2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Jan 1 all-day

The National Science Foundation invites faculty to register as a potential 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship Program panelist. Serving as a GRFP panelist is an excellent opportunity to apply research and career expertise to help identify future science and engineering leaders. Please visit for more information.



NSF welcomes both new and returning panelists each year during the annual GRFP review panel meeting, to evaluate the current competition’s applications. GRFP applications are reviewed by disciplinary panels composed of disciplinary and interdisciplinary scientists and engineers and other professional graduate education experts, who read a selection of applications in their discipline(s) and evaluate them based on the Merit Review Criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, as described in the 2017 GRFP Program Solicitation.

NSF seeks diverse panels composed of outstanding researchers from a wide range of institutions, geographic locations, and backgrounds.


Panelist Qualifications

  • Outstanding research in an NSF-supported field
  • Ability to evaluate interdisciplinary proposals
  • Knowledge of NSF Merit Review Criteria
  • Experience in mentoring graduate students


GRFP Panelists Include:

  • Faculty who work with undergraduate and graduate students
  • Individuals who conduct research in NSF-supported fields
  • Individuals who are able to review interdisciplinary research plans


Panel Process And Overview

The 2017 panel process will be conducted online, with no travel requirements.  Panelists will convene for an orientation session (webinar) in November, and will be granted access to an assigned pool of applications to read and review online for a period of several weeks, starting in December. In January, panels will convene online for two virtual panel sessions scheduled on two different days (Monday and Thursday, or Tuesday and Friday).


Flat Rate Fee

NSF will provide a flat rate fee for participation in the virtual panel sessions (4 hour minimum duration).


Panelist Timeline

  • September/October: Invitations issued to panelists
  • November: Online orientation webinars held for all panelists
  • December: Applications made available for review
  • January: Virtual panel sessions convene

Contact Information

If you have questions about serving as a panelist for the NSF GRFP please contact us at [email protected] or 1-866-673-4737.