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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?

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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.

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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.

Ready to apply? Scroll down for GradFund Resources.

GradFund Resources for Predissertation Students

Step-By-Step Tutorial

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 Us

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.

Mentoring Program

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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Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part Three

Series Note:  We have previously published a number of posts on the Fulbright competition on the GradFund blog, all of which offer useful tips and suggestions to help you craft a strong application. In light of the upcoming application period (our on-campus deadline...
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Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part Two

Series Note:  We have previously published a number of posts on the Fulbright competition on the GradFund blog, all of which offer useful tips and suggestions to help you craft a strong application. In light of the upcoming application period (our on-campus deadline...
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Fulbright: What If My Project is Controversial?

What should you do if you are applying to the Fulbright-IIE, but your project engages with diplomatically sensitive topics? This issue comes up often in our meetings with graduate students who are interested in applying for the Fulbright, but who fear that their...
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The Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Awards

Did you know that there is a Fulbright opportunity for postdocs? If you have recently completed your doctorate, or are on the verge of doing so, you may be a good fit for the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar Award. The goal of the program is to provide opportunities for...
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Tips for Success in the Fulbright Competition (Roundup Post) – Part One

The Fulbright US Student Program provides graduate students and recent graduates with an opportunity to undertake research, studies, or teaching overseas, in over 140 countries. The competition is the largest exchange program of its kind, and is very popular among...
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Interested in Applying for a Fulbright IIE?  How to Get Started

The Fulbright US Student Program offers students the opportunity to spend an academic year abroad for a course of study, research or to work as an English Language Teaching Assistant. If you are interested in an experience overseas, and you are a US citizen, I...
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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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Fulbright, Greece, and GradFund (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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Conducting Research in Private Collections and Archives

I am a fourth year PhD candidate in art history and a Fulbright Scholar to France. In addition, I am a pensionnaire étrangère (foreign exchange student), at the École Normale Supérieur. I have been in Paris since September 2015 conducting research for my dissertation...
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Applying for the Fulbright IIE: GradFund Conversations Roundup

Are you considering applying for Fulbright IIE Fellowship this season? If so, please contact Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso immediately to receive critical information about the application process. Please also review the following blog post from GradFund's analysis...
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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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Our newsletter is a great way to get information about fellowships and grants, upcoming funding application deadlines, new GradFund services, and important reminders. If you want to receive updates on Fulbright competitions, be sure to subscribe to the Fulbright email lists.

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