GradFund Summer Mentoring Programs

Use your summer to work on fellowship and grant applications and learn how to integrate the process of applying for funding into your scholarly career!

The GradFund Summer Mentoring Programs are structured, writing-intensive and supportive environments for the development, review, and critique of external funding applications. External funding includes grants and fellowships offered by a range of public and private agencies to support graduate students and new PhDs.  In addition to providing financial support, these awards are an important building block to a successful scholarly career and have a transformative impact on one’s graduate study and career as a junior scholar.

Our Summer Mentoring Programs offer current and incoming graduate students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, a unique opportunity to be immersed in the proposal writing and application process. This year, we are offering two Mentoring Programs: the Graduate Funding Mentoring Program and the Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program.

The Graduate Funding Mentoring Program is for students intending to apply for early graduate study fellowships, predissertation research grants, dissertation research grants or dissertation completion fellowships.  This is a low-residency, multi-platform program incorporating small-group Skype meetings, online forums and chat sessions. The deadline to apply to the Graduate Funding Mentoring Program is June 1 by 5pm EDT.  Youmust complete a consultation meeting before you apply to a Mentoring Program.  You can arrange for a consultation meeting by emailing gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu before April 30.  In order to apply, you must also arrange for the submission of a letter of endorsement from a Faculty Mentor or Graduate Program Director (entering graduate students only) or from your advisor (all other graduate students) by June 8, 5pm EDT.

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program is for advanced doctoral candidates and current postdoctoral fellows intending to apply for nationally competitive, annual postdoctoral fellowship competitions, including Mellon postdoctoral fellowships (various universities), government-funded postdoctoral fellowships (NIH, NSF, NRC, etc.) and Society of Fellows postdoctoral fellowships (Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, etc.).  The Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program participants take part in a weekly on-campus seminar.  The deadline to apply to the Postdoctoral Fellowship Mentoring Program is April 13 at 5pm EDT. You must complete a consultation meeting before you apply to a Mentoring Program.  You can arrange a consultation meeting by emailing gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu before April 2. In order to apply, you must also arrange for the submission of a letter of endorsement from your Faculty Advisor by April 23, 5pm EDT.

For more information about our 2012 Summer Mentoring Programs, including schedules and application instructions, please visit our website at http://gradfund.rutgers.edu.

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About Teresa M. Delcorso

Assistant Dean for Graduate Student External Support, Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
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