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.
Come Plan with Us!- Understanding and preparing for the GradFund planning meeting
How to prepare to meet with a fellowship advisor at Rutgers University, and search for external funding opportunities for graduate school.
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Learning about The American Society of Safety Professionals Foundation and their scholarships.
Demystifying Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Overview Typically, dissertation funding may be divided into two separate phases: dissertation research and dissertation writing. Most funders will support either research or writing, not both. Funding to support dissertation writing frequently comes in the form of a fellowship that provides a stipend to support your living expenses and free you from work obligations as you […]
How to Structure an Academic Cover Letter
Most fellowship and grant applications require a research proposal and personal statement; few ask you to write a cover letter. Still, there are some dissertation and postdoctoral fellowship applications where knowing how to write a strong cover letter can come in handy (take the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Dissertation Fellowship, for example). Because these types […]
One Project, Many Frames (and Many Awards!)
Framing your research Most grad students have had at least some practice writing about the major disciplinary contributions of their dissertation. Indeed, a dissertation proposal defense requires in-depth knowledge of how your project speaks to major research conducted in your field. More challenging is figuring out if and how to highlight some of the smaller […]
Do I Have to? Motivation to Apply for External Funding
Applying for grants and fellowships can be daunting on top of the typical graduate student workload. It is easy to convince yourself to delay the application process when faced with coursework, teaching, research, and meetings. Here are several motivating factors to consider if you are contemplating postponing your grant application process: Develop perspective on the […]
Make the Case That Your Project Will Contribute to Your Field
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 […]
Developing a Relationship with your NSF Program Officer
*This blog is in preparation for GradFund’s upcoming Applying to the NSF workshop The National Science Foundation funds graduate students every year in a wide array of disciplines, from cultural anthropology to biomedical engineering. Awards are available for almost every level of graduate study, whether it be applying for the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) during […]
The NSF INTERN Program: Supplement Funding for Non-Academic Research Internships
On August 27, 2018, the National Science Foundation published a “Dear Colleagues” letter announcing a supplemental source of funding for principal investigators to help provide non-academic research experience to their graduate students. The INTERN program, as it is called, is geared at increasing the competitiveness of STEM workforce in the US. This program is a […]