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Applying for External Funding as a Master’s Student

One of the most common feelings that master’s students express is frustration with not having enough grant opportunities to support their graduate education. Indeed, there are less external funding opportunities for master’s students than there are for those pursuing...
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STEM Proposals: Is the Science Sufficient?

As engineers, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, or computer scientists, we have a propensity to get caught up in our work. Because Science! When our work is rejected or criticized, we ask questions about how we can improve it. I write from experience as I type...
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Why should I come to GradFund? (Roundup Post)

When faced with the task of applying for external funding many of us do not know how or where to start. Fortunately for graduate students at Rutgers, the university has provided you with an office within the School of Graduate Studies whose task is to provide our...
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Introduction to GradFund Workshop: Diversity in Grant Writing

Photo credit: WOC in Tech When we see or hear the word "diversity," many images, questions, and assumptions come to mind. One common assumption is that diversity means equal treatment of individuals or groups in spite of what makes them or their experiences different...
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Applying for Fellowships and Grants as an International Student – Part Two (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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Applying for Fellowships and Grants as an International Student – Part One (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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Telling Stories of Adversity Effectively in Funding Applications

Addressing issues of adversity--any condition that may have impacted a student's academic trajectory--is one of the major stumbling blocks that applicants for grants and fellowships encounter when starting to draft their applications. Adversity can take on many forms,...
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Writing Strategies to Help You Start and Finish Your Funding Applications – Part Three

Series Note: The following post is the third, and final, installment in the Writing Strategies to Help You Start and Finish Your Funding Applications series. Click here to read Part One and click here to read Part Two.  The first post in this series focused on tips to...
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Six Years, Four Points: Advice on 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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Grant and Fellowship Bulletin Board

Series note:  Periodically, we post our electronic bulletin board of grant and fellowship announcements that have arrived in the GradFund office.  This is a great way to keep up to date on new competition announcements.  The newly arrived information is listed at the...
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GradFund’s mentoring programs are designed to provide you with guidance and structure as you learn key grantsmanship skills that you will use throughout your research career and write a fellowship or grant application.

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Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying for external funding.  We also offer an online chat service called ‘Ask a Fellowship Advisor,’ where you can ask quick questions about our services, your scheduled meetings, or application procedures.

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Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships

The Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships is here to help you navigate the world of external funding for graduate students.  The office manages a number of external competitions and GradFund, our peer mentoring fellowship advising service.  For information about SGS-managed awards, and other activities of the office, click here.

GradFund, Fellowship Advising through Peer Mentoring

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.