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The Reviewer’s Perspective: Insights into an NIH Study Section

We are pleased to introduce a new guest blogger, Dr. Carol Lutz. This is part one of a two-part blog on writing fellowship applications. Hello, my name is Dr. Carol Lutz, and I am a faculty member in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics...
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Demystifying the NIH F31: Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

In my time at Rutgers, I have seen substantial confusion, and perhaps some intimidation, regarding the NIH F31 award. The F31 is highly prestigious, and it is a great mark on your resume/CV when applying for academic, industrial, or government positions. The goal of...
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Navigating the GradFund Website

Graduate students at Rutgers have the option of consulting GradFund for advice on external funding, and their first interaction with GradFund will likely be on our website. The GradFund website offers a wealth of resources, but it can sometimes be difficult to focus...
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The Four “C”s of Grant Writing (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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Dissertation Completion vs. Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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How to Choose the Best Awards for You (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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In-Residence Fellowships for Research and Writing (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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Understanding Your Funder and the Awards it Offers (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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Bird’s Eye View – A Timeline for Applying for Funding (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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Using the Summer to Develop Competitive Fellowship and Grant Applications (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...
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