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“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part Two

Part One of this post described ways to use the application process to expand and strengthen your professional network. Part Two describes how attention to detail in the grant writing process offers benefits beyond increasing your application’s chance of success....
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“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part One

Grant writing might seem like a distraction or an extra burden in a workload already heavy with research, teaching, coursework, and other responsibilities. Since success isn’t guaranteed, it may feel like the time spent on a proposal could easily turn out to be...
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Top Five GradFund Myths (Advice from the Archives)

GradFund services are very popular with Rutgers graduate students.  We help students across the disciplines identify and apply for extramural, honorific fellowships and grants.  Each year we work one-on-one with over 400 students  And yet, when I speak with graduate...
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Yes, You Do Need Money to Conduct Your Dissertation Research

  As a student of American politics, I have often heard from colleagues who are thinking of applying for research grants, “I just don’t know what I’d put in my budget proposal.” Many small research grants in the humanities and social sciences are tailored to...
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Applying to the NSF-GRFP: Advice from a Student in Neuroscience

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) provides three years of graduate support to students pursuing doctorate degrees in STEM fields. Students in their first and second years of graduate education are eligible to apply. Many...
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Featured Fellowship: National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

By: Marian Ahn Thorpe Writing a dissertation about education? If you are in the final data analysis and/or write-up stage of your dissertation, consider applying to the NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program. The fellowship provides $27,500 to doctoral students...
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Developing your Specific Aims for an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein Individual Predoctoral NRSA (F30/F31/F32)

The NIH NRSA fellowship is a training award for pre- and post-doctoral fellows to supplement biomedical research training. One of the most important sections of this award is the Specific Aims section, in which the applicant must outline 2-3 research objectives for...
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ACLS/Mellon Completion Fellowship: Wrapping It Up (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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Best Practice for Working with Recommendation Letter Writers (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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Developing Your Research Training Plan (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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