Join us this fall for the GradFund series in Strategic Proposal Writing. The program offers graduate students planning to apply for external funding this fall semester a series of workshops geared towards common issues at the core of successful fellowship application writing. This unique opportunity will allow participants to learn strategic approaches to proposal writing […]
Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising Team for our fall 2023 workshop and webinar series on Zoom. These sessions are designed to help graduate students get started with their fellowship and grant application and will complement the support we offer through our Self-Paced Guide to Fellowships and Grants on Canvas and our Individual Advising Appointments. Find […]
Scheduling a meeting with GradFund? We have made it even simpler! Check out our new blog guiding you through each step of the scheduling process.
Application Deadline: May 30, 2023 The GradFund Asynchronous Mentoring Program – Summer 2023. Program Dates: June 1-30, 2023 Program Description: Applying for and securing fellowships and grants to support your graduate study and research is an important part of your scholarly professional development. These awards will bring important recognition and resources to your work and will ultimately help you to complete more […]
Apply to Participate! We are pleased to invite applications to the GradFund Spring 2023 NSF GRF Mentoring Program – Virtual. This 4-week (March 2-March 30) online mentoring program will consist of a weekly webinar and a one-on-one virtual advising appointment scheduled by individual participants. The goal of this program is to have participants ready to prepare […]
The Ford Foundation offers a portfolio of fellowship opportunities for students pursuing the PhD. Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising team to learn more about the Ford Foundation individual fellowships for doctoral students and how to get started developing your application materials. The webinar will be held on November 8th at 1pm on zoom. Registration link: […]
Funding for the writing of dissertations that advance our understanding of religious and ethical values. Religious commitments and ethical ideals can be found in every time and place. Newcombe Fellows are late-stage Ph.D. students in the humanities and social sciences whose research in some way attends to those commitments and ideals and seeks to understand […]
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers a portfolio of funding opportunities to support women pursuing graduate degrees. Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising team to learn more about the AAUW fellowships and grants and how to get started developing your application materials. The webinar will be held on October 27th at 1pm on zoom. […]
GradFund Workshops and Webinars Fall 2022 Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising Team for our webinar and workshop series on Zoom. These sessions are designed to help you get started with their fellowship and grant applications and will complement the advice and support we offer through our Self-Paced Guide to Fellowships and Grants on Canvas and our Individual Appointments. […]
In this webinar, GradFund fellowship advisors will walk participants through the funding landscape and explore a few key fellowship and grant opportunities available to master’s level students. Participants must register for the workshops using a Rutgers email address (email@example.com). Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Thursday September 8 from 1-3pm Zoom Registration link: https://rutgers.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCorDwtGtZ50vKTjFIOODHU07iR6tHN
Applying for and securing fellowships and grants to support your graduate study and research is an important part of your scholarly professional development. These awards will bring important recognition and resources to your work and will ultimately help you to complete more robust research. To write a competitive external funding application, it is critical to start well in advance of the deadline and to dedicate time to the proposal development […]
The Quad Fellowship by Schmidt Futures is now accepting applications for their first cohort of fellows. Details about the program are available here: https://www.quadfellowship.org/#page-section-61dd41132a4a3e4f510a5c04 The deadline has been extended to June 30, 2022. The program is open to students who will be matriculated in a master’s or PhD STEM program during the 2023-2024 academic year and it is open […]
The Fulbright US Student Program is an important opportunity for graduate students who would like to spend an academic year abroad for research or study. The program is open to US citizens who have not yet earned their terminal degree. A major program goal is to provide an experience that supports mutual exchange. Graduate students can apply […]
Join the GradFund Fellowship Advising Team for our Webinar and Information Session series on Zoom. These sessions are designed to help you get started with their fellowship and grant applications and will complement the advice and support we offer through our Self-Paced Guide to Fellowships and Grants on Canvas and our Individual Appointments. Find the full schedule of webinars […]
In this second post for our GradFund checklist series, one of our fellowship advisors has put together a list of things to look for when exploring a funder’s website. This list is meant to help you stay on top of the many tasks that are required when working on your applications.
This post is the first in a series that will propose checklists for graduate students to use as they navigate the external funding landscape. These checklists, while not comprehensive, help guide students in the process of developing an individualized funding plan, in coordination with their advisors and graduate program directors.
If you are having a hard time keeping track of fellowships and other opportunities, check out this blog where we recommend other ways of staying up-to-date with applications, and never missing a deadline.
In this post, one of our fellowship advisors helps readers make the best use of Pivot, one of the funding databases that Rutgers subscribes to. The advisor explains how to use it as a complement to other available funding tools.
In this post, Fellowship Advisor Alexandria Smith gives students some tips on how to prepare competitive fellowship and grant applications even when the funder’s guidelines are very general.
In this blog post, we provide you with some reasons why you should consider incorporating small grants into your funding plan.
This blog post examines strategies for finding funding opportunities beyond the common focus of Ph.D. students – the one-year or multi-year fellowship.
Having funding from your university for your graduate degree should be a motivation to apply for external funding. In this blog, Dawn Wells-Macapia lists a few reasons why you should apply for fellowships and grants while you are still within your funding package.
Laurent Reyes, a researcher focused on civic engagement within communities of color in the United States, writes in this post about her work and the benefits of applying for external and internal funding opportunities.
Will Aguado, a Ph.D. candidate in the Human Evolutionary Sciences track of the Anthropology Ph.D. program at Rutgers, describes his research experiences and the benefits of applying for a Fulbright IIE as a researcher doing fieldwork. He ends the post, providing advice for other students applying for external funding.
Fulbright award winner, Emmanuel Aprilakis, describes his research in Classics, and how he made use of GradFund services to improve his application. He also provides advice to other students on the main steps to take to make grant and fellowship applications more competitive.
Rutgers’ Ph.D. Candidate in History, Eri Kitada, shares her research and speaks on the skills that applying for external fellowships during graduate school can give you and the benefits of grant writing beyond academia.
PhD candidate in Sociology at Rutgers University, Niina Vuolajarvi who works on the connections between migration, sex work, and precarity, describes her research and experience with external funding and provides students with advice on how to apply for fellowships and awards.
In this post, Rutgers History Department’s Ph.D. student Bren Sutter explains how receiving feedback from a trusted friend or colleague on your application materials help your narrative to be clearer and more convincing.
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 […]