Office of Graduate Student External Grants and Fellowships | GradFund
The GradFund Fellowship Advising Team
Teresa M. Delcorso-Ellmann
Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support
Teresa M. Delcorso Ellmann is an Assistant Dean in the Graduate School-New Brunswick and founding director of GradFund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support.
For the past 20 years, Ms. Delcorso Ellmann’s work at Rutgers University has focused on helping students and scholars develop program and research plans. Her career with the university began in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy Dean’s Office where she ran the School’s Career Development office and Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. After three years in the Bloustein School she began to work in the field of external grants and fellowships with the department of Sociology and the FAS Dean’s Office were she was Research Coordinator for the Center for Social Research and Instruction.
In 2000, she joined the Graduate School-New Brunswick Dean’s office as the founding director of GradFund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support, a service dedicated to assisting graduate students in identifying and applying for external grants and fellowships. During her tenure with the GradFund, she has helped many graduate students secure merit-based research grants and fellowships.
Teresa has a BA in History and International Affairs from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and MA in History from Rutgers-Newark.
Maria Elizabeth Roldan
Maria Elizabeth Roldan is a second-year doctoral student in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. She is interested in issues of race and visual culture in African-American and Afro-Caribbean literature. More specifically, her research analyses questions of identity formation and power structures found in the narratives of slaves from the US and the Caribbean in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. She works as a Peer Mentor at Gradfund. She has been awarded the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) Graduate Fellowship, and was an alternate for the Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. During the 2016-2017 application season, she plans to reapply for the Ford, and to apply for the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, and the The Douglass Foundation Fellowship in American Art (Metropolitan Museum of Art). She is originally from the Dominican Republic.
Kris White is a PhD candidate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. He is currently a Fellowship advisor at GradFund. During his time at Rutgers, he has received the NSF GAANN Fellowship and has spent multiple years instructing undergraduate courses. His dissertation work focuses on tissue engineering, with an emphasis on skin and bone, using biomaterials derived from seashells and synthetic polymers. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he will be exploring post-doctoral and industry opportunities. He is originally from Arkansas.
Communication and Outreach Assistant
Raffaella Fusco is a doctoral student in Italian Studies at Rutgers University, where she is exploring new avenues of research in migration studies, travel writing, and Italian-American identity, while deepening her knowledge of fascism, immigration, national identity, and Italy’s intricate relationship to its colonial past. During the 2016-2017 application season, she plans on applying to the Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program. She works at GradFund as a Communication and Outreach Assistant. Raffaella grew up in New York City.