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Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund

Our Services

GradFund offers a wide range of services to support Rutgers Graduate Students as they apply for external funding, from individual meetings to workshops, writing groups and mentoring programs.  

Individual Consultations

The GradFund Fellowship Advising and Peer Mentoring Team is available to work with you 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.  Book your appointment by clicking on one of the services below, or by calling 848-932-6546.

What Can I Apply For?

In this meeting, a GradFund Peer Mentor will help you find fellowships and grants to apply for.

  • Learn how to use the GradFund Knowledgebase to search for awards
  • Build a list of fellowships and grants to support your graduate work
  • Consultation lasts for up to 45 minutes
  • What Can I Apply For? consultations are held over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request ‘What Can I Apply For’ Consultation
Building a Funding Plan

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor to learn how to build your individual funding plan so you can integrate applying for extramural research funding into your graduate studies.

  • Plan your future applications so they are integrated into your graduate career is a key part of successfully applying for fellowships and grants
  • We will help you to plan your short-, medium-, and long-term funding and research goals
  • This meeting will last for up to 50 minutes
  • Building a Funding Plan meetings are available over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request a ‘Building a Funding Plan’ Consultation
Help with a Funder

Receive in-depth guidance for a specific fellowship or grant competition.

  • Learn strategies for writing a competitive application, discuss the application procedures, and develop your plan for writing and revising your application
  • Gain insight into the funder’s review process and how you can best describe your research and plans to a particular funder’s review community
  • This consultation will last for up to 50 minutes
  • Building  a Funding Plan meetings are available over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request a ‘Help with a Funder’ Consultation
Application Consultation

Review your grant or fellowship application materials with a GradFund Peer Mentor or Fellowship Advisor.

Request an Application Consultation
Application Essay Conference

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor to workshop your grant or fellowship application essays.

  • Submit your draft fellowship or grant application materials in advance.  You will be provided with a due date for your materials (usually two business days in advance of your meeting) when we schedule your appointment
  • In-depth review and feedback of any graduate fellowship or grant competition
  • The consultation will run for up to 80 minutes
  • These meetings can take place over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus
Request an Application Essay Conference

Workshops and Presentations

GradFund is pleased to offer workshops and presentations to Rutgers New Brunswick graduate programs and student groups throughout the year.  Our workshop topics include: GradFund services, grantsmanship skills, developing an individual funding plan, and profiling the popular fellowship and grant programs such as the Fulbright IIE and Fulbright Hays, Ford Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NIH predoctoral fellowships.

 

The Art of Proposal Writing for Grants and Fellowships

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.

The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Ben Arenger who received his doctorate in Spanish literature at Rutgers and is a postdoctoral Associate in Fellowship Advising at GradFund.

The workshop will be offered on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017, 1pm-3pm, College Ave Student Center, room 411A
  • Thursday, April 6, 2017, 1pm-3pm, Busch Student Student Center, room 115
  • Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 1pm-3pm, Cook Student Center, George Cook Room

The April 26th workshop is full.  Please watch this space for new workshop announcement.  We invite you to schedule an individual appointment if you would like more immediate assistance.

 

Request a Workshop or Presentation for your Graduate Program or Group

We regularly offer workshops and presentations to Rutgers University-New Brunswick graduate programs and student groups. Throughout the year and GradFund Fellowship Advisors and Peer Mentors are available as guest speakers.

Our workshop and presentation topics include: GradFund services, grantsmanship skills, developing an individual funding plan, and profiling the popular fellowship and grant programs such as the Fulbright IIE and Fulbright HaysFord Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NIH predoctoral fellowships.

If your graduate program or student group would like to request a GradFund presentation, workshop or Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor to present to your group, please click the button below and fill in our request form.

Request a GradFund Presentation for your Graduate Program or Group