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Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide  (GROW)

GROW 2015-2016

A new GROW Dear Colleague Letter will be released shortly. Grow expands opportunities for U.S. graduate students to engage in international research collaboration. GROW is open to only active awardees of the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The submission deadline is expected to be on or about December 4, 2015. The official deadline will be posted in the updated Dear Colleague Letter. For the upcoming competition, in addition to existing GROW partner countries: Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland, new opportunities are available with Mexico. Additional partners may be added before the deadline.

AOR Certification Requirement for Proposals

  • The AOR is your home institution's Authorized Organizational Representative. GROW applicants should contact their GRFP coordinating official to identify their AOR for GROW proposals.
  • The AOR certification form can be found below under "Related URLs"
  • The signed AOR certification form must be uploaded with your proposal as a Supplementary Document.


Name Email Phone Room
Richard  Tankersley rtankers@nsf.gov (703) 292-8694   
Anne  Emig grow@nsf.gov (703) 292-8694   

In an era of globalization of research excellence, an international research experience is rapidly becoming an integral part of an outstanding graduate education. Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) is a collaboration between NSF and international partners to provide NSF Graduate Research Fellows with expanded opportunities to enhance professional development through research collaborations at top-caliber science and engineering research sites overseas.

GROW continues research cooperation with counterpart funding organizations in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland. In addition, GROW in 2015-2016 introduces new opportunities in Mexico. Additional partners may be added before the deadline. GROW with USAID is not offered in 2015-2016

See Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-121 for information on how to apply. For country-specific information, use the following links:

·     Australia GROW information

·     Austria GROW information

·     Brazil GROW information

·     Chile GROW information

·     Denmark GROW information

·     Finland GROW information

·     France GROW information

·     India GROW information

·     Ireland GROW information

·     Japan GROW information

·     Korea GROW information

·     Mexico GROW information

·     Netherlands GROW information

·     Norway GROW information

·     Singapore GROW information

·     Sweden GROW information

·     Switzerland GROW information



Dear Colleague Letter: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) - Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) (NSF 14-121)


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program


NSF Dear Colleague Letter NSF 14-121

First Cohort of GROW Awards Announced (July 2013)

external GRFP website

AOR Certifications Form for GROW


Opportunities that Highlight International Collaboration


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