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 School of Graduate Studies and founding director of GradFund.
For the past 25 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, a peer-mentoring 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.
Tim Bransford is currently a PhD Candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology. His research focuses on the energetics of wild mother orangutans, and he conducts both fieldwork on Borneo, Indonesia and lab work at the Rutgers Laboratory for Primate Dietary Ecology and Physiology. While at Rutgers, Tim has received a NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant and multiple small grants. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Tim plans on exploring available post-doc positions around the US and Canada. In his free time, Tim likes to hike up mountains and play with his dogs.
Andrew Carlson is a PhD candidate in the program of Literatures in English, focusing on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century poetry, prose, and drama. His dissertation explores the relationship between classical visual culture and Renaissance theories of poetic value. His work has been supported by previous grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Folger Shakespeare Library. During the 2018-2019 academic year, he is working as a Fellowship Advisor at GradFund and exploring postdoctoral opportunities. He also has an article forthcoming in English Literary History on monsters and versification in the work of Edmund Spenser.
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Raffaella Fusco is a doctoral student in the Department of Italian. Her research interests lie in fascism, immigration, national identity, and translation. In the upcoming year, as she continues her dissertation research, Raffaella plans on applying to awards that will support her archival research and dissertation writing. In her free time, she enjoys jogging, coloring, playing tennis, and board gaming.
Jorie Hofstra is a PhD candidate in Sociology and a Fellowship Advisor at GradFund. Her work on narrative, emotion, and identity among people with brain injuries has been funded by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement (DDRI) Award from the NSF. Other current projects include a collaboration with an archaeologist on a study of votive offerings excavated from ancient Greek sanctuaries of healing. She is currently on the market for an academic position.
Caroline B. Pantazis is a doctoral candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. Her research focuses on brain regions responsible for motivation for cocaine in addiction. She received an F31 Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Drug Abuse in 2015 for four years of her graduate education. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys cooking and yoga.
Maria Elizabeth Roldan
María Elizabeth Roldán is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature. Her research analyzes questions of identity formation and power structures found in the literatures by and about slaves in the US, Brazil and the Caribbean from the 17th up to the early 20th century. She is a 2017-2021 Ford Predoctoral fellow and a Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis 2018-2019 fellow for the Black Bodies seminar. She also received an American Antiquarian Society (AAS) CHAViC Summer fellowship in 2017 and an American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) fellowship in 2016. This academic year, she plans to apply for dissertation completion fellowships. In her spare time, María Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, as well as visiting museums and art exhibits.
Marian Ahn Thorpe is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology. Her research examines the right of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent in the context of mining and hydroelectric projects in Panamanian Indigenous communities. Her research was funded by a fellowship from the InterAmerican Foundation for Grassroots Development. During the 2018-2019 academic year, Marian will be applying for postdoctoral research opportunities. She is originally from Washington State.
Dawn Wells is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Rutgers University. She studies Australian migration to the United States through the lens of whiteness and settler colonial studies, affect, and cosmopolitan studies. She is a National Science Foundation Summer Institute for Research Design fellow, and is currently preparing applications for the Josephine de Karman Fellowship and the Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholarship. Dawn lives in New York City with her husband and three step-kids.
Kris White is a PhD candidate in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. 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. He is currently writing his dissertation and will be exploring postdoctoral research opportunities. He is originally from Arkansas.
Cathy Wineinger is a PhD candidate in Political Science. Her dissertation explores the gendered effects of party polarization in Congress. Cathy has been awarded a Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies, a Congressional Research Grant from The Dirksen Congressional Center, and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. She was also an alternate for the AAUW Dissertation Fellowship. She is currently on the academic job market and will also be exploring post-doctoral opportunities this application season. Cathy grew up in California and, outside of work, you can find her at the beach with her family, teaching yoga, or playing roller derby.