At the risk of sounding like a "shateep340" or a "Montana Badlands U vs. St. Lucifer College" type of poster:
I didn't apply for any outside graduate fellowships this year, thinking that I didn't really need them, plus didn't need the added stress of another application. But now I'm thinking it might be a good idea to apply for some during my first year of grad school (since I'll have so much free time to kill ). But seriously, I think it will help me look more enticing to potential advisors (especially in HEP theory, where money is tight). Plus, many of them have higher stipends (much higher) than TA/RA stipends.
So I'm looking for any advice I can find about these fellowships. Yes, I'll do my own research on google, but since many of you have gone through this before, I thought I'd throw it out there.
What fellowships are available? (I've already found NSF and NDSEG) Specifically, which ones allow you to apply during your first year of grad school? How involved is the application (more or less than a grad school app)? Anything I should keep in mind for my application or anything I can do in the next year to help my chances?
Thanks for any advice that you can give.