GSBS Writing StudioNSF & NIH Fellowship (F) Grant Application Resources

ELIGIBILITY: Please note you must be either a US Citizen or Permanent Resident at the time of the award to be eligible for NIH Fellowship (F) or NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Grant awards!

Please Note: Documents below are recommended to be opened in the appropriate Microsoft application by choosing "Open desktop app" in the dropdown menu, otherwise the web-based version might not have all the data formatted correctly:

National Science Foundation (NSF) GRFP Information & Resources

General NIH Fellowship Information & How to Get Started

Applicant Resources - NIH Fellowship Checklists, Guidance Docs, & Templates

Faculty Resources - NIH Fellowship Grant Guidance & Letters

  • Mentors/Sponsors - Click here for instructions on how to write your Sponsor/Co-Sponsor Statement –  GSBS F Grant Guidance for MENTORS
  • Other Faculty writing a Reference Letter or Letter of Support:  
 Reference LetterLetter of Support
Primary difference?Focused on the candidate applying and his/her qualities, achievements, and potential. Focused on the author of the letter and his/her own qualifications and ability to contribute to the proposed project.
When are they used?Used in Fellowships (F), mentored Early Career Development Awards (K), and other programs as requested.Used to demonstrate institutional commitment or resources, collaboration or role in the proposed project, and/or potential of current user of a resource or service proposed in the application.
Who writes them?Referees should be individuals not directly involved in the application, but who are familiar with the applicant’s qualifications. The sponsor/co-sponsor(s) cannot be counted toward the 3 required references. Collaborators, key personnel, institution, and other significant contributors to the scientific development or execution of the project.
What should be included?Describe the qualities and potential of the candidate to be a successful independent scientist. Also describe how you know them and your personal interactions.Describe the type of support you will provide to the project as a collaborator.  Summarize the agreements you have in place to support the project.
Who submits them?A referee submits the letters through eRA Commons (no login needed). Applicant organization submits the letters of support as part of the application.
Who sees them?The letters are maintained separate from the corresponding application. Only reviewers and select NIH staff see them. Anyone with access to view the application.
Where are the instructions?Reference Letters | grants.nih.govClick here:  How to Apply - Application Guide |; choose which type of application you are preparing, then search "Letters of Support" within the instructions.