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April 5th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #1
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Getting accepted by grad schools after getting the NSFGRFP?

Here's the thing. I got into a handful of quality schools (places like Texas, NYU) but none of the really godly ones (like Princeton, Stanford, Harvard...). But as of last night I got the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, and I've read some stories about NSF fellows being accepted by schools that had rejected them earlier, only due to the NSF fellowship. But I don't know what sort of schools those stories are about -- are places like Princeton and Stanford too prestigious to reconsider just because of a fellowship, or would it be worth a shot?
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Worth a shot.

Edit: Congratulations, by the way!
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That's sort of what I figured. I just don't want to look too foolishly naive.
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That's sort of what I figured. I just don't want to look too foolishly naive.
Just think of the alternative: you'd always kick yourself for not at least trying.
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But do remember - the schools might accept you but still not give you funding, and the GRFP is only for 3 years of support. Also remember that the NSF deliberately waits until very near the deadline so that it will have little effect on schools accepting students simply because they are funded - but I would also agree that it's worth a shot.
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But then, after three years I'll have a thesis advisor and I might be able to get some amount of funding from their funding.

Or I'll just write a thesis in three years.
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Three years (in grad school) is a long time, I'm sure you'll cross that bridge when you come to it.
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