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 2019 GRFP Program Solicitation. These reviewers are selected by Program Officers charged with oversight of the review process.

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


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 2019 panel process will be conducted online, with no travel requirements. Panelists will convene for an orientation session (webinar) in November or December, 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). Panelists who are Federal employees, citizens of foreign countries who are not permanent residents, and special visa holders are not entitled to the flat rate payment.


Panelist Timeline

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


Panelist Registration

To register to be a potential panelist, please visit


Contact Information

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


Fellow Laura McMullen from Oregon State University samples benthic invertebrates in the Big Sandy River in Arizona.

Fellow Laura McMullen from Oregon State University samples benthic invertebrates in the Big Sandy River in Arizona. This is part of a project to examine the effects of prescribed floods on invertebrate population and community dynamics in an arid-land river.