Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund
Welcome to our Build a Funding Plan resource page! The workbook, articles, advice, and video on this page have been designed to guide you through the process of designing a plan to incorporation applications for external funding into your graduate career. From assessing your goals and understanding funders to compiling a portfolio of fellowships and grants, GradFund can help you every step of the way.
To Build Your Plan You Will:
Learn what funders are looking for
Consider how a funder’s aims might mesh with your own scholarly or professional goals to help you decide if and when to apply to a particular award.
Assess your funding needs
Plan out your graduate school activities and goals, and then consider how external funding can provide you with resources, opportunities, and financial support to meet those goals.
Get the help to make your plan a reality
Work with GradFund to find funders who are a fit with your needs, plans, and goals, and to draft your most competitive application. We’re here to help!
Go from goal to plan to schedule
Transform your professional and scholarly goals into a clear and actionable plan, and design a personalized funding application timeline to support those plans.
Ready to get to work? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.
GradFund Resources for Developing your Funding Plan
Building a Funding Plan Tutorial
We have developed the Building a Funding Plan tutorial to assist you in integrating fellowship and grant applications into your graduate career. Our tutorial is designed to teach you about funder timelines and interests, to help you to reflect on your goals, plans and priorities for your graduate career, and to help you to find the funding opportunities that best fit with those plans. When you’re done with this tutorial, you should have a calendar of award deadlines to work towards and a plan to apply for funding over the course of your graduate career.
Articles & Advice
Building a Funding Plan Workbook
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In order to access the step-by-step guidance found in our Build a Funding Plan Workbook, please log in to our website using your Rutgers Scarletmail credentials.
Stay in Touch
Our newsletter will keep you informed about new funding opportunities and upcoming deadlines, as well as information about GradFund services and other resources that will help you search for and apply to funding opportunities.
Schedule a Meeting
Request a ‘What Can I Apply For?’ meeting if you would like to get help navigating our award search or finding additional funding opportunities. For help developing a funding plan, or for feedback on a funding plan you’ve already begun working on, schedule a ‘Building a Funding Plan’ meeting. To learn about our other meeting types, click here.
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