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Getting the Most out of GradFund’s Website

Last Summer, GradFund rolled out its new website. Some of the site's most exciting features include resource pages and a chat function. Continue reading this post to see how you can get the most out of our website. Learn No matter what stage of study you are,...
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Approaching the NSF GRF: Considerations and Recommendations

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF) is an excellent opportunity for all early-career graduate students in STEM fields, including the social sciences. This prestigious fellowship offers a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along...
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Proposal Writing in the Humanities: Addressing Your Research Methods and Framework

When applying for external funding, graduate students in the humanities often find it difficult to explain complex theoretical or methodological frameworks. After spending time on their work, their academic silos, they find it difficult to explain their research...
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Featured Funder: Garden Club of America

 Our Featured Funders series is designed to help you learn about important funders that support graduate research and education.  The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based fellowships and grants to support graduate work in 12 different areas ranging from...
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Featured Fellowship: ACOR-CAORC Fellowships

  Featured Fellowships are important graduate awards that you may not know about but should.  The ACOR-CAORC graduate fellowships will provide support to students who are working on Near Eastern Studies topics.  You can learn more about the fellowship here.  The...
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Tips for International Students (Roundup Post)

If you are an international student, one of the questions that you may have is: "Are there funding opportunities available for me?" The answer is a resounding yes! Although there are fewer options available, it is possible to secure external support as an...
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Considering Feedback from Multiple Sources: Advisors, GradFund, and More

So… you’ve visited GradFund with those shiny new application essays. We gave you a ton of feedback that you maybe weren’t quite expecting. You have to find a way to squeeze all of that into some arbitrary spaced laid out by a funder who just doesn’t seem to appreciate...
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Postdocs, Put Your Plans Into Writing!

As a postdoc, setting aside adequate time to work on fellowship and grant applications is always a challenge, but there is at least one proven action that can help you stay on track with accomplishing your goals: put your plans into writing. In the draft report,...
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GradFund: Our Place in the Funding Universe and Other Rutgers Resources

Here at GradFund, we have the privilege of serving the Rutgers graduate student community in a variety of ways related to the pursuit of external grants and fellowships. Our primary mode of service lies in our individual meeting format where Rutgers graduate students...
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How do I revise my application? (Roundup Post)

In this Roundup post, we collected a group of six blog posts from GradFund Conversations that speak to the topic of revising your application, regardless of this being your first time applying, or a resubmission to the same funder, these blogs contain useful tips and...
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GradFund is the peer mentoring arm of the Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships.   Fellowship Advisors and Peer Mentors provide mentoring and guidance through one-one-one consultations, workshops, mentoring programs and articles and advice.