Rutgers - Graduate School New Brunswick

Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund

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Individual Consultations

We are available to work with you one-on-one to help you learn how to use GradFund tools and resources, develop an individual funding plan, receive feedback on application materials and workshop your application essays. We are in the process of transitioning to a new meeting booking platform.  Click here to learn more about the platform and how to schedule an appointment.

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Mentoring Programs

Offered each summer, our hybrid mentoring programs are designed to provide you with guidance and structure as you learn key grantsmanship skills that you will use throughout your research career. Our goal is to help you develop a competitive application that you can submit for review during the fall application season.  Learn more here.

Workshops and Presentations

We offer a large selection of workshops and presentations to School of Graduate Studies programs and student groups throughout the year.

Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule

Diversity in Grant Writing Workshop: October 10, 2017

In the workplace and in higher education, everyone’s talking about diversity. But what does “diversity” really mean? Inclusion? Respecting someone’s experiences despite their differences?

If defining the widely-used term is difficult, then addressing one’s commitment to diversity in external funding and job applications is equally challenging. One reason is that many applicants have never had the opportunity to discuss diversity on their own terms, or have never thought about how their unique approach to teaching and research can be a future asset to success. However, the ability to discuss a genuine and sustained commitment to diversity when applying for fellowships and grants is integral to graduate student professional development. Growing comfortable describing your commitment to diversity is essential as you discuss your efforts to meet the needs of diverse student populations, academic disciplines, as well as the funding agencies that support them, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among many others.

Want to learn more? Join GradFund fellowship advisors and peer mentors for an interactive workshop on diversity in grant writing! Participants will learn the purpose of these statements and how to leverage their personal experiences to demonstrate their commitment to diversity, and will produce materials for a first draft of their statements.

Registration is Required.  

Introduction to Proposal Writing: October 16, 2017

Are you curious to learn how to write a grant or fellowship application? The Art of Proposal Writing for Grants and Fellowships will teach you how to effectively communicate your research ideas in a grant or fellowship application.  In this writing intensive workshop, you will engage in writing exercises, small group work and feedback about your research project which are designed to help you craft an effective funding proposal.  The workshop is writing intensive and will require you to bring your laptop with you to use during the workshop.

Registration is Required.  

Proposal Writing in the Humanities: October 25, 2017

This fall, GradFund will offer its first Grant Writing in the Humanities workshop, where students will learn best practices for developing funding application materials as humanists. Applying for external grants and fellowships is an integral part of one’s academic career and a crucial component of professional development in graduate school. Funders often request research proposals that range from 3 to 10 pages in length. When applying for external funding to support humanistic research, graduate students often find it challenging to articulate a complex research methodology in clear and concise terms to scholars outside of their fields. This interactive workshop will provide students with the opportunity to develop foundational application materials for funders such as the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation.

Registration is Required.