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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

A Bronx Approach to Research and 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...
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Knowing the “When?” (Roundup Post)

Graduate students have many things to juggle simultaneously, and one of the biggest struggles is to know what one should be doing at what point. Because each graduate program is different, each graduate student has to be aware of different timelines and stages. But no...
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Time to Plan – The Spring Semester (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...
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Coursework, Comps, Candidacy, and…Confusion: Knowing When You’re Eligible for a Doctoral Award

So you are well on your way to developing an individual funding plan. Maybe you’ve created a list of all the awards for which you will be eligible during your doctoral degree. Great! The next step is determining when to apply for these awards. And this is not always...
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Advice to My First Year Self, 4 Years Later (Part 2)

Previously, you read about the advice that Kate would have given herself when she was starting graduate school. Below is a continuation of that post by Dan that focuses more on how funding and research are integrated. Research is an integral part of your PhD...
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Advice to My First Year Self, 4 Years Later (Part 1)

The summer before my first year in graduate school seems like an eternity ago. I remember reading an e-mail from my graduate program director stating that the incoming Ph.D. students would be participating in a mentoring program through a program called GradFund....
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Projecting into the Future: How to Plan for the Next Phase of Research

Hello GradFund Conversations readers! Planning for the future is one of the most crucial yet often overlooked or misunderstood aspects of applying for and obtaining funding. Maybe you are planning your dissertation proposal and would like some money to do the work you...
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Applying for Grants and Fellowships as an International Student – Part One

It would not be wrong to say that my introduction to the world of external funding happened when I started my doctoral program in Anthropology at Rutgers. As an international student coming from a country that has very limited external grant and fellowship options for...
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How to Navigate the Funding Landscape as a Graduate Student (Throwback Thursday)

Series note:  The following post is part of the GradFund Throwback Thursday blog series.  From time to time, we will repost one of our most popular blog posts from years past. If you are interested in learning more about research grants and fellowships to support your...
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Advice from the Archives: Time to Plan – The Spring Semester

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...
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Home Forums Fellowships and Grants

The universe of honorific fellowships and grants available to graduate students is vast and diverse.  There is an award opportunity for every stage and field of study.  In this section, we highlight some of the more popular fellowship and grant opportunities available to graduate students.  If there is a specific fellowship or grant that interests you, subscribe to the topic so you can receive updates from the forum. Be sure to visit the GradFund Knowledgebase for a more extensive discussion on fellowships and grants.

This forum contains 11 topics and 2 replies, and was last updated by  Teresa M. Delcorso-Ellmann 3 months ago.