In this post, a graduate student in the Department of History at Rutgers, Catherine Babikian, describes how applying for grants and fellowships allowed her to carry the necessary archival research to complete her dissertation.
Theater researcher, Nicole Sheriko, describes how applying for external funding has enabled her to advance her research and provides advice for other graduate students applying for grants and fellowships.
In this post Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology, Kathryn Coniglio, describes her experience applying for the NSF GRFP and talks about the importance of signposting in your application to guide reviewers through your statements.
Are you in the earlier stages of your Ph.D. program and planning to apply for external funding? In this post Graduate Student, Amanda Williams provides students with advice on how to manage several applications during your pre-dissertation years.
Anna Giarratana, a physician-scientist in training in the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Princeton University MD/Ph.D. program narrates her experience applying for external funding
Do you have a question about an external fellowship or grant opportunity that does not require a full GradFund appointment? Stop by our virtual GradFund Fellowship Advisor Drop-in Hour to briefly meet with a GradFund advisor. There will not be scheduled meeting times during drop in hours and students will be assigned to an advisor on […]
Are you a Ph.D. student in a scientific field applying for funding? In this post, Vrushank Bhatt writes about his research on lung cancer and his journey in applying for funding.
In this post, NIH F31 awardee Laura Lesnewich briefly shares her steps and recommendations for applying for research funding.
How can graduate students improve their external funding applications? Nisha Singh, a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Biosciences, recommends starting early and asking for feedback.
Trying to decide if you should reapply for that fellowship or award? Tamar Lichter, Ph.D. student in Mathematics at Rutgers provides you with a few reasons why you should try again.
Recent Ph.D. Caro Pirri shares her experiences and approach to applying for external funding, and how she made use of GradFund services to create competitive materials.
Rafael Vizcaíno, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature shares his experiences applying for external funding in graduate school, and his recommendations for other graduate students who are planning or are already in the process of applying.
Rafael Vizcaíno, Ph.D. in Comparative Literature shares his experiences applying for external funding in graduate school, and his recommendations for other graduate students who are planning or already in the process of applying.
Ph.D. history student and winner of the SSRC International Research fellowship offers advice on what goes into a dissertation research proposal.
full schedule of webinars, virtual office hours and virtual Q&A with the GradFund advising team
This post describes the GradFund Application Review meetings from the perspective of a Fellowship Advisor.
This post looks at ways to emphasize what is unique about your academic and scholarly background in your grant applications, instead of relying on generalized statements.
This post explores a few ways to approach the concept of ‘interdisciplinarity’ while applying for funding in the humanities and social sciences.
This post provides some tips for finding the most effective ways to select and present personal narratives within funding applications.
The Renaissance Society of America offers a variety of library fellowships for scholars working in any field who require short term residential access to archival materials. This post provides a short guide through some of these fellowships.
This blog post wants to show that there is value in exploring the possibility of applying to postdoctoral fellowships.
The Mistletoe Research Fellowship Program offers a unique opportunity for postdoctoral scholars and Ph.D. candidates to pursue their research in collaboration with entrepreneurial startups. Fellows receive $10,000 in unrestricted research funding, with the possibility for renewal.
In this second post on awards for international students, we expand the scope to think about a diverse amount of examples of external funding opportunities that are open to both US citizens and non-citizens.
Do not miss funding opportunities available for you as an international student! This post highlights many fellowships and grants available for international graduate students.
This blog post includes GradFund’s tips on how to prepare for and participate in our remote meetings via Webex.
Are you interested in meeting with GradFund? would you like to know how to schedule and confirm your meeting? This is the blog post for you.
On May 29th, we held a webinar on Tips for Researching Grant and Fellowship Opportunities. The session was recorded and is available here on the GradFund Resources RU Connect space.
When scheduling a meeting with GradFund it is important to select the meeting type according to your needs. We have four different types of meetings as described in the post.
How to prepare to meet with a fellowship advisor at Rutgers University, and search for external funding opportunities for graduate school.
From a funder’s perspective, your passion for your project isn’t enough. Funders want to know that you have designed a project that does more than simply exercise your own intellectual curiosity. Even when it is not explicitly stated among the priorities listed in the program solicitation or guidelines, funders typically want to support a scholar […]
One thing reviewers look for in an application is your excitement for the project you’re proposing. But sometimes, it’s hard to access your own excitement. Grad school is a long haul, and even the most passionate researcher on the most interesting project will probably find her attention flagging at various points. If giving yourself a […]
Some applications have so many different parts, each with its own guidelines, that the process can feel overwhelming. But remember: you only have to work on one piece at a time! Research statements and personal statements are required components in most grant applications, and picking one of those can be a good place to start. […]
We all procrastinate from time to time. The high standards and minimal structure of many graduate programs can make procrastination especially likely for even the most capable students, and when we slip into feelings of guilt or shame, it can become even harder to kick-start our motivation. Yet deadlines loom, and in the case of […]
Part One of this post described reasons to limit jargon in your proposal, and two strategies to help you minimize your use of jargon. Part Two offers more specific advice for addressing jargon in your writing. Define for yourself each term you or your readers have identified as jargon. You may discover that some of […]
Jargon serves important functions in any field of activity. It lends accuracy and efficiency to communication within a subfield, and terms that begin as jargon may eventually enter into common use: consider the current popularization of specialized terms like “intersectionality,” “epigenetic,” or “VPN.” But in grant writing, jargon can be risky. The need for precision […]
Part One of this post described ways to use the application process to expand and strengthen your professional network. Part Two describes how attention to detail in the grant writing process offers benefits beyond increasing your application’s chance of success. -While it may be tempting to try to write an all-purpose proposal or simply to […]
Grant writing might seem like a distraction or an extra burden in a workload already heavy with research, teaching, coursework, and other responsibilities. Since success isn’t guaranteed, it may feel like the time spent on a proposal could easily turn out to be wasted. But if you are strategic in how you approach the grant […]