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NIST Seeks Partners to Establish Graduate Fellowship Programs in Science, Engineering, Math

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is seeking one or more qualified institutions or organizations to work with it in developing and implementing a fellowship program to afford doctoral-level graduate students opportunities to work at NIST laboratories on research topics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

NIST expects to make from one to three awards under the Graduate Student Measurement Science and Engineering (GMSE) Fellowship Program of approximately $100,000 to $300,000 for up to three years, subject to available funds.

NIST is one of the nation's premiere research institutions for the physical and engineering sciences, with research interests spanning a broad range of disciplines, including nanoscale and quantum level phenomena, materials research, chemical analysis, clinical chemistry, biotechnology, electronics and electrical engineering, manufacturing science, building technology, computer security and information technology, among others. See for more details on the NIST R&D program.

GMSE participating institutions or organizations will work with NIST under a cooperative agreement to establish fellowship programs that will provide financial support to doctoral-level graduate students to work in collaboration with researchers at NIST laboratories in Gaithersburg, Md.; Charleston, S.C.; or Boulder, Colo. The project will include planning and implementing one or more fellowship programs; forging links between NIST researchers in measurement science, engineering and mathematics with faculty and students at academic institutions; conducting outreach to encourage student participation in the GMSE fellowship program and working with NIST to identify candidate graduate students for the program.

Full details of the program, including eligibility requirements, restrictions, the nature of the anticipated awards, the application process and proposal evaluation criteria have been posted on as Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) 2013-NIST-GMSE-01.

Electronic applications must be received no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, February 15, 2013. Paper applications must be received by 5 p.m. Eastern time, Friday, February 15, 2013. Review, selection and award processing is expected to be completed in March 2013. The earliest anticipated start date for awards under this FFO is expected to be May 1, 2013.

Released January 24, 2013, Updated February 1, 2023