Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund
This page is designed for students pursing a doctoral degree and who have qualified as doctoral candidates (or will do so soon). The funding discussed on this page will support dissertation research or writing.
What Can You Apply for As a Doctoral Candidate?
What are you looking for?
As a doctoral candidate, we can assist you with identifying and applying for funding to support dissertation research and dissertation write-up/completion. Your options may include dissertation research grants, fellowships for international field work, archival awards, and dissertation completion fellowships.
What can I apply for?
Awards at this stage are generally aimed at enabling you to complete dissertation research that will make a mark on your field. This may involve funds for research supplies, support for international travel for research or for visits to an archive. Write-up fellowships fund your cost of living, allowing you to concentrate more fully on writing the dissertation.
Who is eligible to apply?
Carefully research your eligibility to apply before you craft your application materials. If the award’s website and other documents don’t bring you clarity, contact the program officer. Many dissertation grants will require that you be ABD to receive funds; almost all dissertation completion awards will require that you be ABD.
When should I apply?
Work with your advisor to develop a timeline for you dissertation research and write-up funding applications. Remember that you will typically apply for funding the academic year before you will use the funds and many of the deadline are during the fall semester.
Ready to apply? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.
GradFund Resources for Doctoral Candidates
The GradFund Proposal Writing 101 tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your fellowship or grant application. From getting to know your funder to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will get you there.
Forums & Chat
Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying for funding as a predissertion student. 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.
Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor for a Building a Funding Plan Conference in order to organize your applications and then when you are ready to apply, schedule a Help with a Funder or Application Essay Conference meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.
Join a mentoring program, and meet regularly with a peer mentor and other graduate students working on this application for help, support and expert guidance.
Fellowships and Grants to Support your Dissertation
Proposal Writing 101 Tutorial
We have developed this tutorial to assist you in the development of your external funding applications. Our tutorial is designed to teach you best practices in proposal development, to understand how to navigate the application process, and to help you with the task of writing a competitive application, including organizing all of the necessary application components.
Proposal Writing 101
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Proposal Writing 101 Workbook
Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our proposal writing 101 workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of a funding application.
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