Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the most frequently asked reviewer questions. Please click here for the full list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Go to to register your interest in serving as a reviewer for NSF GRFP. No obligation is assumed by registering. After NSF GRFP assesses the needs for the upcoming competition, invitations are issued to prospective reviewers in October and November. If you are accepted as a reviewer, you will be expected to agree to:

  1. View all reviewer training materials;
  2. Participate online in a reviewer orientation webinar in November or December;
  3. Review 30 or fewer applications; and
  4. Submit all reviews online by the review submission deadline.

Yes. NSF GRFP information has been updated, and it is important that all reviewers are aware of these updates.

The flat rate fee paid to NSF GRFP reviewers eligible to receive payment is $200. You are not eligible to receive the payment if you are not a US /permanent resident or if you are employed by the Federal Government.

An Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) is a direct deposit to your bank account using the NSF Guest Travel and Reimbursement System. An email will be sent to reviewers with information on how to register to receive reimbursement.

NSF welcomes reviewers who are professional graduate education experts and you may serve regardless of having a PhD degree, however, reviewers should not be active graduate students.

Reviewers should not be current postdocs, but the program hopes you will consider serving after you have completed your postdoc position.

Yes, you are still eligible to serve as a reviewer. You may serve on the same panel as an application for which you have a conflict of interest (you are the applicant’s advisor, wrote a letter of reference for the applicant, etc.). However, you cannot participate in the evaluation of applications that pose a potential conflict of interest or the perception thereof. If you are not comfortable serving on the same panel as an applicant you know, please let us know and we will attempt to place you on a different panel.