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Alternative grants for STEM graduate students

Alternative grants for STEM graduate students

Although the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) F31 grants are two of the most well-known research fellowships for STEM graduate students, they are not the only sources of substantial...
The Reviewer’s Perspective:  Insights into an NIH Study Section

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...
Demystifying the NIH F31: Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award

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...
Featured Funder:  Garden Club of America

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...
Interested in Applying for a Fulbright IIE?  How to Get Started

Interested in Applying for a Fulbright IIE?  How to Get Started

The Fulbright US Student Program offers students the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad for a course of study, research or to work as an English Language Teaching Assistant. If you are interested in an experience overseas, and you are a US citizen, I...
The Reviewer’s Perspective:  What You Should Know As You Write Your Application

The Reviewer’s Perspective: What You Should Know As You Write Your Application

  I recently had the opportunity to serve as a peer reviewer for a national fellowship competition. It was an interesting and even enjoyable experience and in this post, I would like to share with you some of the things that I learned while serving as a reviewer....
Three Common Pitfalls when Writing Abstracts

Three Common Pitfalls when Writing Abstracts

Abstracts are a challenging but important part of any fellowship application. The abstract is often the first (or one of the first) components of your application that the reviewer sees. Therefore, it is important to use the abstract to give the reviewer the best...