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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:

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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!

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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

Learn about Award Opportunities

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Step-By-Step Tutorial

Our online Building a Funding Plan tutorial will give you all the tools you need to integrate applications for external fellowships and grants into your graduate career.

Forums & Chat

Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying to the Fulbright Hays. 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 Us

Gradfund offers ‘Build a Funding Plan’ and ‘What Can I Apply For’ meetings to help you develop your plan. Ready for feedback on a draft?  Book an Application Essay Conference meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.

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

Do I Have to? Motivation to Apply for External Funding

Applying for grants and fellowships can be daunting on top of the typical graduate student workload. It is easy to convince yourself to delay the application process when faced with coursework, teaching, research, and meetings. Here are several motivating factors to...

Procrastinating on your Proposal? Recover Your Motivation for Your Project (Post 3)

One thing reviewers look for in an application is your excitement for the project you’re proposing. But sometimes, it’s hard to access your own excitement. Grad school is a long haul, and even the most passionate researcher on the most interesting project will...

4 Things to Do Before Applying for Funding

If you’re thinking about applying for external funding (and you should be!), it’s important to prepare yourself for the application process. Here are four things to do before diving into your proposal. 1. Schedule an appointment with GradFund– Whether you’re still...

“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part Two

Part One of this post described ways to use the application process to expand and strengthen your professional network. Part Two describes how attention to detail in the grant writing process offers benefits beyond increasing your application’s chance of success....

“But What If It’s Just a Waste of Time?”: How the Process of Grant Writing Can Advance Your Career—Part One

Grant writing might seem like a distraction or an extra burden in a workload already heavy with research, teaching, coursework, and other responsibilities. Since success isn’t guaranteed, it may feel like the time spent on a proposal could easily turn out to be...

Funding in Engineering – Advice from a Fellowship Advisor (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...

How to Juggle Funding Applications and Multiple Other Responsibilities: The Fall Application Season (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...

How to Choose the Best Awards for You (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...

Bird’s Eye View – A Timeline for Applying for Funding (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...

Using the Summer to Develop Competitive Fellowship and Grant Applications (Advice from the Archives)

Advice from the Archives Series Note: Occasionally, we dig into the archives to uncover a post we feel holds relevant and timely information worthy of a repost. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your graduate...

Building a Funding Plan Workbook

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