Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund
This page is designed for students pursing a doctoral degree and who are currently at the pre dissertation stage of their studies. This will typically mean that you are in the first, second or third year of your graduate program and that you have not yet advanced to candidacy.
What Can You Apply for As A Predissertation Student?
What are you looking for?
As a pre dissertation student, we can assist you with identifying and applying for funding to support the coursework and pilot research phase of your degree. Your options may include predissertation research grants, early career, multi-year fellowships and scholarships to support language training. This is also a good time to begin to plan out funding for your dissertation research.
What Can I Apply For?
Fellowships at this stage will typically provide multiple years of support which will include a generous stipend and cost of education allowance. Research grants may be modest but will be important sources of support for pre dissertation research and training activities.
Who is eligible to apply?
Carefully research your eligibility to apply before you craft your application materials. If the award’s website and other documents don’t bring you clarity, contact the program officer. Some programs at the pre dissertation stage may require that the applicant is a US citizen or permanent resident.
When should I apply?
Predissertation fellowships and grants will require that you apply in the first year or two of your graduate studies. You will typically apply for funding the academic year before you will use the funds and many of the deadline are during the fall semester.
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GradFund Resources for Predissertation Students
The GradFund Fulbright Hays tutorial will take you step-by-step through the process of writing your Fulbright application. From getting to know your funder, through to completing the last piece of the application, this guide will get you there. It’s full of great resources that will give you valuable insights into their priorities and process, as well as GradFund advice on how to navigate this complex application.
Forums & Chat
Use our forums to exchange ideas with your peers and GradFund staff about applying for funding as a predissertion student. 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 a GradFund Fellowship Advisor for a Building a Funding Plan Conference in order to organize your applications and then when you are ready to apply, schedule a Help with a Funder or Application Essay Conference meeting. Learn more about our meeting types and other services here.
Join a mentoring program, and meet regularly with a peer mentor and other graduate students working on this application for help, support and expert guidance.
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Proposal Writing 101 Workbook
Once you’ve watched Proposal Writing 101, dive into our proposal writing 101 workbook. The workbook will take you step-by-step through the development of a funding application.
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