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Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising Team!

Fellowship Advisors

Fellowship Advisors are doctoral candidates who have experience applying for external funding.  As a Fellowship Advisor, you will begin to work during the summer and will have a GA appointment for the academic year.  You will work 15 hours a week for two full days each week.

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2019

Submit your Fellowship Advisor application through our application portal by April 1, 2019.  You will need to set up a separate account to log into the portal.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are graduate students who have experience applying for external funding.  Peer Mentors supported as hourly students and will work 7-15 hours/week.

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2019

Submit your Peer Mentor application through our application portal by April 1, 2019.  You will need to set up a separate account to log into the portal.

What you will do:

Specialized Training

Learning how to be a GradFund fellowship advisor or peer mentor will take some work.  All new staff participate in an orientation program designed to help you learn how to be an effective peer mentor and fellowship advisor.  The 2019 new advisor training workshop will take place on May 21 and 22.

Peer Mentoring & Fellowship Advising

As a Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor you will work a set schedule each week in the GradFund office where you will have an opportunity to work with graduate students on identifying fellowships and grants, planning out their funding applications and providing feedback and guidance on their application materials.

Contribute to the GradFund Social Media Team

All GradFund Team members are a part of the GraFund Social Media team and spend time blogging and managing the GradFund social media accounts.

Interested? Scroll down to learn more and apply to join the team.

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Fellowship Advsior Responsibilities and Application Process:

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

GradFund is currently accepting applications for anticipated openings on its Fellowship Advising staff. GradFund assists graduate students with identifying and applying for external, merit-based, research grants and fellowships to support graduate work. This position will be of special interest to graduate students who are interested in exploring a career path in higher education administration or other non-academic career paths. Fellowship Advisors have the following five key areas of responsibility under the supervision of the Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support:

  1. Conduct confidential fellowship and grant pre-application and application review meetings.
  2. Creation and upkeep of social media content and blog entries
  3. Present GradFund programs and workshops.
  4. Perform outreach to graduate programs and students.
  5. Assist with special projects

Fellowship Advisors are supported on an academic year Graduate Assistantship that begins September 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020. Applicants should be available to work hourly ($20/hr)(15-20 hours/week) during the summer starting in May 2019 and to attend the new advisor trainig workshop on May 21 and 22, 2019. Successful applicants will undergo a full training prior to beginning their appointment.

Eligibility

The applicant must be a doctoral candidate in the School of Graduate Studies (school 16) who has experience applying for external grants or fellowships as a graduate student and who will be a graduate student for the entire GA appointment period (September 1, 2019 to May 2020.)

Application Submission Process

The application portal for the assistantship is located here. Applicants will need to create an account and then log into the site to initiate an application.

Application Components

  1. A letter of interest, explaining your qualifications to fill the Fellowship Advisor position, including past mentoring experiences you may have. In a brief narrative, summarize your computer skills and respond to the following questions:
  • What is your experience applying for external funding? How would you imagine using these experiences as a Fellowship Advisor?
  • What are your teaching and mentoring experiences and how do you see utilizing these experiences and skills in this position?
  • What is your dissertation research? (Limit response to one paragraph, written for the non-specialist)
  • What aspect of your dissertation are you currently working on, and what work do you plan to complete during the 2019-2020 academic year? When do you plan to finish your dissertation?
  • What experience do you have doing interdisciplinary work? How does this or any other related experience give evidence of your ability to work and provide mentorship across disciplines?
  • In which disciplinary fields do you feel most comfortable working and providing feedback?
  • Do you currently have fellowship or grant applications pending (internal or external) and if yes, what are they?
  • What are your career goals and how will being a Fellowship Advisor help you to develop skills to advance these goals?
  • What is your availability to work over the summer?
  1. A copy of your current CV
  2. A copy of a recent external grant or fellowship application
  3. A copy of your unofficial graduate transcripts
  4. A letter of support from your graduate advisor/PI

 

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Peer Mentor Responsibilities and Application Process:

Call for Applications:  Peer Mentor

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

GradFund is currently accepting applications for anticipated openings on its Fellowship Advising staff. GradFund assists graduate students with identifying and applying for external, merit-based, research grants and fellowships to support graduate work. This position will be of special interest to graduate students who are interested in exploring a career path in higher education administration or other non-academic career paths.

Peer Mentoring tasks will include:

  1. Assist graduate students identify grant and fellowship opportunities,
  2. Provide graduate students with feedback on their grant and fellowship applications,
  3. Create and manage GradFund social media content and blog entries,

GradFund Peer Mentors will participate in GradFund Peer Mentoring Training (May 21 and 22) and have weekly peer mentoring responsibilities from June to December that will be a 7 to 15 hour time commitment. Compensation is $20/hour.

GradFund Peer Mentors work 1-2 days/week in the GradFund offices located at 25 Bishop Place, CAC.

Eligibility

Graduate students who have extensive experience working with GradFund on their fellowship and grant applications either through the GradFund Summer Mentoring Program or individual appointments, are invited to apply to be GradFund Peer Mentors.

Application Submission Process

The application portal for the hourly position is located here.  Applicants will need to create an account and then log into the site to initiate an application.

Application Components

  1. A letter of interest, explaining your qualifications to fill the Peer Mentor position, including past mentoring experiences you may have. In a brief narrative, summarize your computer skills and respond to the following questions:
  • What is your experience applying for external funding? How would you imagine using these experiences as a Peer Mentor?
  • What are your teaching and mentoring experiences and how do you see utilizing these experiences and skills in this position?
  • What is your dissertation research? (Limit response to one paragraph, written for the non-specialist)
  • What aspect of your dissertation are you currently working on, and what work do you plan to complete during the 2019-2020 academic year? When do you plan to finish your dissertation?
  • What experience do you have doing interdisciplinary work? How does this or any other related experience give evidence of your ability to work and provide mentorship across disciplines?
  • In which disciplinary fields do you feel most comfortable working and providing feedback?
  • Do you currently have fellowship or grant applications pending (internal or external) and if yes, what are they?
  • What are your career goals and how will being a Peer Mentor help you to develop skills to advance these goals?
  • What is your availability to work June to December 2019?
  1. A copy of your current CV
  2. A copy of a recent external grant or fellowship application

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