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MPS awards to support additional Ph.D. students

The Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS) encourages Principal Investigators (PIs) of current MPS awards to support one (additional) Ph.D. student per award, through a partnership with the Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR).

This opportunity is available to PIs with current MPS research awards whose institutions and/or academic units are either currently participating in the EHR-sponsored “Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate” (AGEP) program; or whose institutions and/or academic units have participated in the AGEP program in the past (AGEP Legacy institutions). Such PIs may apply to MPS for a supplement to defray the costs for: stipend, tuition, benefits and indirect costs for a graduate research student working on the MPS-funded research. For the purposes of this Dear Colleague Letter, this funding opportunity will be abbreviated to: AGEP – Graduate Research Supplements (AGEP-GRS).

Details of the AGEP Program may be found here.

In support of NSF’s commitment to broadening participation among individuals, institutions, and geographic areas, these supplements are designed to promote increased participation in all fields of MPS research, with an emphasis placed on increasing the involvement in these fields by members of underrepresented groups — a key goal of the AGEP Program.

Program Description: MPS has long promoted efforts to recruit and retain students from underrepresented groups in all areas of the mathematical and physical sciences. AGEP-GRS introduces a new mechanism by which a current MPS research awardee is able to support one (additional) Ph.D. student in an ongoing MPS-funded research project. The goal is to create an opportunity to engage additional students in research, to develop a positive learning environment for students, and to improve diversity and retention at the doctoral level within the mathematical and physical sciences.

Anticipated Type of Award: One-year (twelve-month) supplements to currently active MPS awards for a single Ph.D. student; renewable for a total support period of up to three years, contingent upon the duration of the active MPS research award and satisfactory progress of the student towards completion of the Ph.D.

Eligibility: A request for AGEP-GRS funding may be made by the PI of a currently active MPS research award. The PI must be affiliated with an academic unit of an institution participating in an active AGEP project or a Legacy AGEP institution as defined above. Instrumentation acquisition awards, REU awards and large awards governed by cooperative agreements (e.g., facilities, institutes, and centers) are not eligible. AGEP-GRS student candidates must be United States citizens, nationals, or permanent residents.

The AGEP-GRS program will support up to one additional Ph.D. student per PI, regardless of the number of awards in MPS. Students being nominated for support must not have other government-funded (NSF, NIH, DoE…) support (stipend and tuition), e.g., students currently being supported full-time by the PI on any NSF award as a doctoral student are not eligible for AGEP-GRS support, and students who received NSF-GRF support are not eligible for AGEP-GRS support. The graduate student’s research project must be consistent with the research topic of the original MPS award.

For full details, please view the complete MPS AGEP-GRS Dear Colleague Letter on the NSF site.

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