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Early Graduate Study Fellowship Mentoring Program

June 11-August 31, 2018


Mentoring Program Focus

Rising First & Second Year Doctoral Students

The focus of this program is to help you develop a competitive early graduate study fellowship application. To apply for these awards, you should be entering your first or second year of graduate study.

Early Graduate Study Fellowships

During the mentoring program, you will develop an early graduate study fellowship application selected from our curated list of external, prestigious multi year graduate study fellowships.

Early Graduate Study Fellowships:

The Early Graduate Study Fellowship Mentoring Program support early career doctoral students while they develop a fellowship application during the summer months.  As a part of your application to the program, you should identify the fellowship application that you would like to develop.  Use the provided URL to learn more about the fellowship, its goals and eligibility requirements.  It is your responsibility to confirm that you are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The curated list of fellowships that we focus on included the following:

Funder Administrator Award URL
Dannon Company Dannon Yogurt, Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome Fellowship Grant
Ford Foundation National Academies Predoctoral Fellowship
Hertz Foundation Fellowship
National GEM Consortium GEM Fellowship Program
National Science Foundation American Society for Engineering Education Graduate Research Fellowship
Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans
Social Sciences and Humanites Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowships
United States Department of Defense Solutions thorugh Innovative Technologies National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
United States Department of Defense (SMART) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program
United States Department of Defense National Phyical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship
United States Department of Energy Krell Institute Computational Science Fellowship
United States Department of Energy Krell Institute National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Gradaute Fellowship
United States Department of Energy Krell Institute National Nuclear Security Administration Laboratory Residency Graduate Fellowship

Mentoring Program Activities:


We will begin and end the program with workshops. The first workshop will be held online and the second one will be on campus before the start of the fall semester.   The first workshop on June 11, 2018 is designed for you to meet the mentoring program participants on our virtual platform and will include activities to help you get started with the program.  The second workshop on August 31, 2018 will focus on presenting your work and receiving peer review.

Online Engagements

Hosted on the GradFund digital platform, the program will include a number of on-line 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.

Application 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 Components

You will need to complete your application in one sitting.  To prepare your application, you will need the following:


Academic CV or Resume

Your CV or resume 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 500 words and include the following:

  • Your research interests
  • A description of your previous research interests
  • Which fellowship application you would like to develop in the program
  • Why you are interested in the Mentoring Program

Letter of Support

You will need to secure a letter of support from your graduate advisor, PI or graduate program/track director.

Start Your Application Now!

The application portal opens on February 15, 2018 and the deadline to apply is May 15, 2018.  




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