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.
Ben Arenger, PhD
Postdoctoral Associate in Fellowship Advising
Ben Arenger, PhD, has served as a Postdoctoral Associate since July of 2016 at the Office of External Fellowships at the Rutgers Graduate School of New Brunswick. Earlier this year, he completed his doctoral studies in Spanish literature after he defended his dissertation, Refiguring Universalisms: The Case of Three Postmodern Spanish Novels. His research was supported by a grant he received from the Program for Cultural Cooperation Between Spain’s Ministry of Culture & United States’ Universities. Ben has been a Fellowship Adviser at GradFund since 2012 where he has helped graduate students write successful applications for awards such as the Fulbright, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRF), and the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (SSRC IDF). Ben grew up in Massachusetts.
Daniel Browe is a PhD candidate in Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers, where he is researching biomaterial development for skeletal muscle tissue engineering. He works as a Peer Mentor for GradFund. He has been awarded a Rutgers Presidential Fellowship, a Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship, and an NSF-GRF Honorable Mention. During the 2016-2017 application season, he will be applying for the Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship and the National Institutes of Health’s Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31). He is originally from Pennsylvania.
Miya Carey is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Rutgers, where she is working on a dissertation that examines black girls’ organizations in Washington, DC as a way to understand shifting meanings of black girlhood throughout the twentieth century. She works as a Peer Mentor at GradFund. She has received a Mellon-Moorland Research Travel Grant and an Albert J. Beveridge Award for American History from the American Historical Association to support her dissertation research. During the 2016-2017 application season, she will be applying for the Louis Bevier Dissertation Fellowship and the Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellowship. She is originally from New Jersey.
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.
Senem Kaptan is a PhD candidate in Anthropology at Rutgers. Her dissertation is an ethnographic examination of the treason trials of military officers in contemporary Turkey. She works as a Fellowship Advisor at GradFund. She has been awarded a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, a Council for European Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship, and has received various awards at Rutgers, including a PreDoctoral Leadership Development Institute Fellowship, a Bigel Fellowship for Pre-Dissertation Research, a Special Study Opportunity Award for Pre-Dissertation Research, and a Graduate School Excellence Fellowship. During the 2016-2017 application season, she will not be applying for any grants. She is originally from Turkey.
Lytton McDonnell is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Rutgers, where he is writing a dissertation on the historical intersections of music, emotion, and altered states of consciousness in the US. He works as a Peer Mentor at GradFund. He has been awarded a Social Science & Humanities Research Council of Canada doctoral fellowship, Mellon SAS Summer Grants, and internal funding from the Rutgers Graduate School and History Department. During the 2016-2017 application season, he will not be applying for any grants. He is originally from Canada.
Kate O’Neill is a PhD candidate in the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program at Rutgers, where she is working on a dissertation entitled The role of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor in the protection of hippocampal neuron networks after glutamate-induced excitotoxicity. She works as a Peer Mentor at GradFund. She has been awarded a Rutgers GAANN Program Fellowship in “Personalized & Precision Medicine,” an Honorable Mention in the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Competition, a Society of Women Engineers SWE Region E Scholarship, a New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research Predoctoral Fellowship, an Executive Women of New Jersey Graduate Merit Scholarship, and an NIH-funded Rutgers-RWJMS Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship. During the 2016-2017 application season, she will be applying for the Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F32). She is originally from New Jersey.
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.
Carolyn Ureña is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University. Her dissertation, Invisible Wounds: Rethinking Recognition in Decolonial Narratives of Illness and Disability, brings the racial-phenomenological perspective of Frantz Fanon into conversation with discourses of black lived experience and bodily disruption in US and Caribbean literature and film. She works as a Fellowship Advisor at GradFund. Carolyn was awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and was selected as a Modern Language Association Connected Academics Proseminar Fellow for 2016-2017. As a graduate student, she has been awarded two Mellon Summer Study grants, a grant from the Centers for Global Advancement and International affairs, and was named a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship alternate. During the 2016-2017 season, Carolyn will be applying for humanities post-docs and faculty positions. She is originally from New York.
Dara Walker is a PhD candidate in the History Department, where she studies African American History and 20th-Century US History. Dara’s dissertation, They Dared to Fight: Black High School Student Activism in Detroit During the Black Power Movement, 1966-1972, examines the ways in which black youth conceptualized power, politics, and citizenship in the era of Black Power. Dara is works as a Fellowship Advisor at GradFund. She has been awarded a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a SAS Summer Mellon Grant. She has also been named a semi-finalist for the NAEd/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and was awarded a Ford Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship Honorable Mention. She is currently applying for postdoctoral fellowships and tenure-track positions. Dara is originally from Washington, DC.
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.