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External Merit-Based Funding

GradFund's mission is to help Rutgers graduate students secure merit-based external grant or fellowship awards. External awards are offered by funders outside Rutgers University, such as public or private agencies or other academic institutions. These awards recognize excellence, bring distinction to young scholars' careers, and provide vital resources to help scholars achieve their academic goals and conduct innovative research. The world of external funding can be complicated to navigate, but GradFund can help you understand your funding options and learn to write a competitive application.

Follow the links on the right to learn more about merit-based awards that may be available to support your program of study. Then, read about common types of graduate awards, integrating funding applications into your scholarly activities, and the ideal timeline for application writing and review. To search for funding visit the GradFund database.

If you have a question, get in touch with us using our contact form. To receive personalized information and one-on-one guidance, schedule a pre-application meeting with a Fellowship Advisor.