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Featured Funder: The Leopold Schepp Foundation

Trying to fund a master’s degree or PhD coursework? The Leopold Schepp Foundation offers need-based financial support for graduate students (and undergrads too) who demonstrate exemplary character, strong academic ability, and financial need. Graduate students must be...
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Show, Don’t Tell

“Show, don’t tell” is a pretty common saying here at GradFund. But what exactly do we mean by this, and how can it help you write a competitive application? Typically, grant applications consist of more than a research design. Funders want to know who they’re funding,...
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Good Writing Happens in Good Company: Three Benefits of Peer Feedback 

Image credit: Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash Ever hear of “Lonely Writer Syndrome?” It’s the clinical-sounding term that Writer’s Digest uses to describe the isolation that writers can feel as they toil away by themselves in front of their laptops. But writing does...
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Incorporating Parenting Experiences into Your Personal Statement

This is the third post in a series on navigating the world of external funding as a parent in graduate school. Can an experience as normal as parenting be incorporated into your personal statement? The answer is: it depends. On one hand, it might seem that there is...
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Balancing Grad School, Parenting, and Grant Applications

This is the second post in a series on navigating the world of external funding as a parent in graduate school. Being a parent in graduate school brings with it a whole host of time-management challenges. Balancing coursework, research, teaching, and parenting can be...
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Parents: Here’s Why You Should Make Time to Apply for External Funding

This is the first post of a series on navigating the world of external funding as a parent in graduate school. Students with children undoubtedly face a unique set of challenges and time constraints in graduate school. As graduate students, we’re taking courses;...
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Bringing Your Previous Research Experience into Your Current Application

Many of us have had several research experiences prior to graduate school. These experiences may have been within or outside of the discipline in which we have chosen to pursue our dissertation research. For some lucky few, all of these research experiences connect to...
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What to Expect: Application Review Meeting

I’ve had this experience often: At the end of an exhaustive meeting with a fellowship applicant—after we’ve gone over specific points of structure and tone in minute detail; after we’ve reviewed broader issues of purpose and audience; after we’ve discussed background...
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Unpacking Jargon—Part Two

Part One of this post described reasons to limit jargon in your proposal, and two strategies to help you minimize your use of jargon. Part Two offers more specific advice for addressing jargon in your writing. Define for yourself each term you or your readers have...
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Unpacking Jargon—Part One

Jargon serves important functions in any field of activity. It lends accuracy and efficiency to communication within a subfield, and terms that begin as jargon may eventually enter into common use: consider the current popularization of specialized terms like...
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