In addition to the application questions, two essays are required:Essay 1: Candidate Statement
Provide a statement about your qualifications for the fellowship and your career goals, not to exceed 1,000 words. Target your statement specifically for the fellowship program area to which you are applying. A generic statement submitted for multiple fellowship program areas will weaken the competitiveness of your application. The Candidate Statement must address each of the following points:
- Reason for applying for the NMSFP
- Qualifications-a summary of your background and expertise-what you can being to the fellowship
- Areas of interest-outline the STEM areas that interest you the most
- Career goals-state your goals following the fellowship and into the future and how you envision the fellowship supporting these goals
Essay 2: Extra-curricular Activities Statement
In 500 words, provide brief examples of your activities beyond the lab, classroom, or office, and your role and accomplishments in those efforts. These might include activities with community groups, professional or academic associations, nonprofit organizations, outreach, etc.