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GradFund Services

GradFund offers a wide range of services to support Rutgers Graduate Students as they apply for external funding, from individual meetings to workshops, writing groups and mentoring programs.  

If you have any questions about our services, please let us know by using our contact form, emailing us at fellowship_advisor@gradfund.rutgers.edu or calling 848-932-6546. If you have won a fellowship or grant, please let us know!

Individual Consultations

The GradFund Fellowship Advising and Peer Mentoring Team is available to work with you to help you learn how to use GradFund tools and resources, develop an individual funding plan, receive feedback on application materials and workshop your application essays.  Book your appointment by clicking on one of the services below, or by calling 848-932-6546.  Please note that appointment requests submitted on-line are processed during our regular business hours.  

GradFund’s goal is to help graduate students to find and apply for funding from sources external to the university.  We are unable to provide advice or feedback on internal Rutgers funding competitions.

 

What Can I Apply For?

In this meeting, a GradFund Peer Mentor will help you find fellowships and grants to apply for.

  • Learn how to use the GradFund Knowledgebase to search for awards
  • Build a list of fellowships and grants to support your graduate work
  • Consultation lasts for up to 45 minutes
  • What Can I Apply For? consultations are held over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request ‘What Can I Apply For’ Consultation
Building a Funding Plan

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor to learn how to build your individual funding plan so you can integrate applying for extramural research funding into your graduate studies.

  • Plan your future applications so they are integrated into your graduate career is a key part of successfully applying for fellowships and grants
  • We will help you to plan your short-, medium-, and long-term funding and research goals
  • This meeting will last for up to 50 minutes
  • Building a Funding Plan meetings are available over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request a ‘Building a Funding Plan’ Consultation
Help with a Funder

Receive in-depth guidance for a specific fellowship or grant competition.

  • Learn strategies for writing a competitive application, discuss the application procedures, and develop your plan for writing and revising your application
  • Gain insight into the funder’s review process and how you can best describe your research and plans to a particular funder’s review community
  • This consultation will last for up to 50 minutes
  • Help with a Funder meetings are available over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus.
Request a ‘Help with a Funder’ Consultation
Application Consultation

Review your grant or fellowship application materials with a GradFund Peer Mentor or Fellowship Advisor.

Request an Application Consultation
Application Essay Conference

Meet with a GradFund Fellowship Advisor to workshop your grant or fellowship application essays.

  • Submit your draft fellowship or grant application materials in advance.  You will be provided with a due date for your materials (usually two business days in advance of your meeting) when we schedule your appointment
  • In-depth review and feedback of any graduate fellowship or grant competition
  • The consultation will run for up to 80 minutes
  • These meetings can take place over Skype or in our offices at 25 Bishop Place, College Avenue Campus
Request an Application Essay Conference
Post Award Consultation

Have you been offered a fellowship or grant and are unsure of the next steps?  Would you like to discuss questions about your award offer, before finalizing the agreement with the funder.  Meet with Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso-Ellmann or a Senior Fellowship Advisor for guidance on post award issues.

This meeting type will be coming soon.

Workshops and Presentations

GradFund is pleased to offer workshops and presentations to Rutgers New Brunswick graduate programs and student groups throughout the year.  Our workshop topics include: GradFund services, grantsmanship skills, developing an individual funding plan, and profiling the popular fellowship and grant programs such as the Fulbright IIE and Fulbright Hays, Ford Predoctoral and Dissertation Fellowships, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and NIH predoctoral fellowships.

GradFund Diversity Workshops

Diversity in higher education has taken center stage across college campuses, and this topic is especially important from a grant and fellowship writing perspective. Not only will winning prestigious fellowships afford a wider range of students to pursue advanced research and degrees, fellowships and grants themselves are explicitly asking applicants to write (sometimes at length) about how their diversity will be an asset to their future teaching and research. This is a highly sensitive topic, but one that needs to be addressed directly. Growing comfortable describing your commitment to diversity is essential as you learn to discuss your efforts to meet the needs of diverse student populations, academic disciplines, as well as the funding agencies that support them, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Ford Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), among many others.

This workshop is facilitated by Carolyn Ureña and Dara Walker, GradFund Fellowship Advisors and recipients of Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships. GradFund Fellowship Advisors have extensive experience working with students across a variety of disciplines, and this workshop will be of interest to all students who will one day need to write about diversity in fellowship applications and beyond

We currently have the following workshops scheduled:

  • Monday, February 27, 2017 workshop: full and no longer accepting registrations
  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm, location TBD.

Registration is required. Please click here to complete our registration form.

Request a GradFund Workshop or Presentation

Would your graduate program or student group benefit from a GradFund presentation or workshop?  Please let us know.  We will be happy to work with you to tailor a presentation or workshop to the needs of your group.

Request a GradFund Presentation for your Graduate Program or Group

Writing Groups and Peer Mentor Support

If you’re looking long-term support as you develop your funding plans and write and revise your application, we have programs that will help keep you on task and productive.

GradFund Proposal Writing Bootcamps

Would you like to workshop your grant or fellowship application with a small group of students?  Sign up for a GradFund Boot Camp and work with a member of the GradFund Fellowship Advising team and fellow graduate students to workshop your application materials.

Proposal Writing Boot Camp (3 hours)

The proposal writing boot camps will be a single 3 hour experience in which participants will work in small groups to critique and revise a fellowship grant application.  In order to participate in a boot camp, pre-registration is required and a draft of the materials you would like to work on must be submitted in advance of the boot camp.

We do not currently have any bootcamps scheduled.  Check back for updates.

 

GradFund Peer Mentor Support

Would you like to have a GradFund Peer Mentor check in with you while you are working on a grant or fellowship application?  Sign up to have a GradFund Peer Mentor partner with you during your grant and fellowship application season, your peer mentor will check in weekly to answer questions, keep you on track with your writing goals and to read and comment on revisions.

Sign up for a Peer Mentor

GradFund Mentoring Programs

Offered each summer, our hybrid mentoring programs are designed to provide you with guidance and structure as you learn key grantsmanship skills that you will use throughout your research career. Our goal is to help you develop a competitive application that you can submit for review during the fall application season.  While registration for our 2016 Mentoring Programs is currently closed as the programs are in progress, you can learn more about them below.  Information about the 2017 Mentoring Programs will be posted in early 2017.

Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program for 1st Year Students

Learning how to navigate the world of honorific, extramural fellowships and grants is a crucial professional development skill for all graduate students. In the Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program, available to all entering PhD students in the Graduate School New Brunswick and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, participants will learn best practices in grantsmanship, how to build a 5-year extramural funding plan that will support you through each phase of graduate study and help you develop a fellowship or grant application to be submitted during the 2016-2017 academic year. The registration deadline has passed.

Program Schedule

Unit 1 (June 1-July 1)
Understanding merit-based, honorific funding and proposal writing as a graduate student: Your GradFund peer mentor will help you understand how to navigate the multiple grant and fellowship options available to you as a graduate student and provide you with an introduction to proposal writing 101.

Unit 2 (July 1-August 1)
Building a 5 year funding plan: Build a funding plan (the GradFund plan) and integrate the process of applying for funding into your graduate career. With the GradFund plan, as you progress through your degree program, you will be prepared to apply for grants and fellowships to support your work and research. Planning ahead is a key element to a successful graduate career. Your GradFund peer mentor will help you build a GradFund 5 year funding plan, which will be your grant and fellowship roadmap while you pursue your doctoral degree.

Unit 3 (August 1-September 15)
Writing your first application: Now that you understand the basics of applying for grants and fellowships as a graduate student, we will you help get started on your first application. Your GradFund peer mentor will facilitate your fellowship application writing group with structured writing and blogging exercises and deadlines designed to help you craft a competitive fellowship or grant application to be submitted during the 2016-2017 application season.

Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program for 2nd Year Students

Learning how to navigate the world of honorific, extramural fellowships and grants is a crucial professional development skill for all graduate students. Participants in this program will learn best practices in grantsmanship, how to build a 5-year extramural funding plan that will support you through each phase of graduate study and help you develop a fellowship or grant application to be submitted during the 2016-2017 academic year. The registration deadline has passed.

Program Schedule

Unit 1 (June 1-July 1)
Understanding merit-based, honorific funding and proposal writing as a graduate student: Your GradFund peer mentor will help you understand and navigate the multiple grant and fellowship options available to you as a graduate student and provide you with an introduction to proposal writing 101.

Unit 2 (July 1-August 1)
Building a 5 year funding plan: Build a funding plan (the GradFund plan) and integrate the process of applying for funding into your graduate career. With the GradFund plan, as you progress through your degree program, you will be prepared to apply for grants and fellowships to support your work and research.

Unit 3 (August 1-September 15)
Writing your first application: Now that you understand the basics of applying for grants and fellowships as a graduate student, we will help you get started on your first application. Your GradFund peer mentor will facilitate your fellowship application writing group with structured writing and blogging exercises and deadlines designed to help you craft a competitive fellowship or grant application to be submitted during the 2016-2017 application season.

The registration deadline has passed.

Graduate Fellowship Mentoring Program for 2nd Year Students

If you participated in the GradFund Mentoring Program last summer and were unsuccessful with your NSF GRF or Ford Predoctoral application, join us this summer to work on your revise and resubmit.The registration deadline has passed.

Program Schedule

June 1-23, 2016
Revise and Resubmit Consultation(in person or Skype): Meet with a Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor to review your Fall 2015 NSF GRF or Ford Predoctoral fellowship submission and reviewer comments. Develop a plan and strategy to revise the application.

July 11-30, 2016
Application Review(in person or Skype): Meet with a Fellowship Advisor or Peer Mentor for a review and critique session of your revised essays.

Week of August 15, 2016
Online Peer Review (Sakai): During the week of August 15, share your application essays on the Mentoring Program Sakai site in order to receive peer review and provide feedback and critique to your peers on their essays.

The registration deadline has passed.

Dissertation Funding Mentoring Program

Program Dates: May 25 – August 25, 2016

Participants: Dissertating students who will be in entering year 3 or beyond in their graduate program. Participation is by application only, which will be selective.

The deadline to apply has passed.

Exclusively for Graduate School New Brunswick and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences doctoral students who plan to apply for dissertation grants and fellowships during the 2016-2017 application season. The program agenda includes workshops, on-line conferences and individual appointments designed to assist you with the development of a competitive dissertation-level funding application. Participation is by application only, which will be selective.

As a part of your application, you will need to identify a dissertation-level fellowship or grant that you would like to work on during the mentoring program. Before you start your application, research and identify the grant or fellowship you would like to work on by visiting the GradFund Database.