Rutgers - School of Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund

Dissertation Funding Mentoring Program

May 24-August 1, 2018


Mentoring Program Activities:


We will begin and end the program with workshops. Both workshops will be held on the New Brunswick/Piscataway campus.  The first workshop on May 24th is designed for you to meet the mentoring program participants and will include activities to help you get started with the program.  The second workshop on August 1st will focus on presenting your work and receiving peer review.

Online Engagements

Hosted on the GradFund digital platform, the online portion of the program will include a number of online activities including: blogging, video conferencing and forum discussions.

A Dedicated Fellowship Advising Team

During the mentoring program, you will work with a dedicated fellowship advising team who will be available for weekly email check-ins, to meet with you individually, and to make sure that you stay on course as you develop your application materials.

Proposal Development

The goal of the program is to help you develop a competitive fellowship or grant application for the fall 2018 application season.  The program will provide you with tools, structure and feedback to help you learn the craft of proposal writing and to keep you on track during the program.

Interested? Scroll down to learn more and apply to participate.

Mentoring Program Application Process

Participation in the program is by application and the selection process is competitive.  The application portal will open on February 15, 2018 and the deadline to apply is April 16, 2018.

A completed application, you will include the following:


Academic CV

You CV should detail your educational background and training as well as document relevant experiences and accomplishments.


Letter of Application

Your letter of application should be no more than 1000 words and include the following:

  • A discussion of why you are interested in participating in the Mentoring Program;
  • A synopsis of your dissertation project;
  • A description of your status in your doctoral program: the work you have completed and your timeline to work on and complete your dissertation;
  • The fellowship or grant application that you would like to develop during the program.

Letter of Support from your Advisor

Your application will include a letter from your advisor, indicating they support your participation in the program.

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