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).

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.

Reviewers should not be active graduate students, but the program hopes you will consider serving after you complete your studies.

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.

NSF will provide a flat rate payment of $200 for participation in the virtual panel. You are not eligible to receive the payment if you are not a US citizen or if you are employed by the Federal Government. Payments are made via an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), which is a direct deposit to your bank account using the NSF Guest Travel and Reimbursement System. An email will be sent in December with information on how to register to receive reimbursement.

Yes, if you have a Social Security Number, you will be eligible to receive the compensation.

In order to provide fair evaluation of applications, reviewers need to be present for the entire duration of their virtual panel to participate in discussions of individual applications that they have reviewed. If you are invited to serve on a panel in which you cannot attend the entire duration, please let us know so that we can attempt to place you on a different panel being held on a different date.