Upcoming Events and Information for the Spring Semester 2012

Grad Fund, the Resource Center for Graduate Student External Support –Upcoming Events and Information for the Spring Semester 2012
1. GradFund Workshops 

Read below for more information!  Many different options to choose from:

  • Applying for Grants and Fellowships throughout your Graduate Career—March 1, 2012 at 1:30pm
  • Introduction to Proposal Writing—April 3, 2012 at 1:30pm
  • Proposal Writing Workshop—May 10, 2012 at 9am

2.  GradFund Summer Mentoring Programs–2012

Use your summer to develop competitive funding applications by participating in a GradFund Summer Mentoring Program.  Read below for more information!

3.  GradFund On-line Chat Sessions. 

Read below for more information!

  • March 22 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm   
  • April 19  from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

4.  Individual Appointments

5.  GradFund Electronic Resources

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1.   GradFund Workshops

This semester, we will offer three different workshops on applying for funding:

Applying for Grants and Fellowships throughout your Graduate Career on March 1, 2012 at 1:30pm will provide graduate students with an overview of how to integrate the process of applying for funding into one’s graduate career.  Discussion topics will include how to identify fellowships and grants to apply for as a graduate student, strategies for developing an effective timeline to work on grant and fellowship applications and the ways in which GradFund can assist you with your funding applications.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  To pre-register, please visit: https://docs.google.com/a/scarletmail.rutgers.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFNDMUg5QUM5MjJHcmRXdTNWWjFFTFE6MQ#gid=0

Introduction to Proposal Writing on April 3, 2012 at 1:30pm will provide graduate students with an overview of proposal writing basics.  Discussion topics will include review of the typical funding proposal structure, strategies for writing a competitive funding proposal, a review typical application components and examples of funding applications.  Pre-registration is requested but not required.  To pre-register, please visit: https://docs.google.com/a/scarletmail.rutgers.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDE0VFgybmpRaS1YblZyQnRnUWJabXc6MA#gid=0

Proposal Writing Workshop on May 10, 2012 at 9am is a full day workshop designed to help you develop a funding proposal and application materials. To participate in the workshop, you will need to commit to spend the full day with us, working on your proposal. In order to participate in the workshop, you will need to submit ahead of time (by 9am on Friday, May 4th) a draft of the funding proposal you are developing along with the url to the funder guidelines. If you do not submit a funding proposal by the deadline, you will not be able to participate in the workshop. After you register, you will be sent additional workshop information.  Pre-registration by April 27th is required.  To pre-register, visit:  https://docs.google.com/a/scarletmail.rutgers.edu/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dHduMUp0MHZjMVIyanpSazZTTVk2Y2c6MA#gid=0

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2.  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.  You must 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 Seminar meeting 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.  Participants in both Mentoring Programs complete writing assignments throughout the summer and receive extensive feedback on multiple drafts of an external funding application.  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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3.  On-line Chat Sessions

March 22 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm   

April 19  from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm  

Do you have some basic questions about fellowships and grants that you would like to have answered, without scheduling an appointment?

Plan to join us in our upcoming on-line chat sessions to get answers to your fellowship and grant questions.

On March 22 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm and April 19  from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Assistant Dean Teresa Delcorso will host on-line fellowship and grant chat sessions.

To join the chat session you will need to have access to our Sakai Fellowship Guide (https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal).  To request access to our Sakai site, email gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu.

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4.  Individual Appointments

We offer graduate students individual appointments throughout the year to assist with the process of applying for grants and fellowships.  During the spring semester, we offer the following types of individual appointments:

Planning Meeting — to discuss funding options

Help with a Funder — to help navigate the application process

Proposal Review — to provide proposal review and critique

To request an appointment, send an email to gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu.  Please place “Appointment Request” in the subject line and in the body of your email include your full name, graduate program and the type of appointment you would like to schedule.

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5.  Grad Fund Electronic Resources

We offer a number of electronic resources to help students identify funding opportunities and to learn more apply applying for merit based fellowships and grants:

GradFund Funder Database (http://gradfund.rutgers.edu/) is a directory of over 4000 fellowships and grants to support graduate study.  Use your university Net Id to access the database.  For information on how to get a university Net Id visit:  https://netid.rutgers.edu/

Sakai Fellowship Guide (https://sakai.rutgers.edu/portal) provides information on applying to specific fellowship and grant competitions, proposal writing tools, links to useful articles and website and sample proposals.  We use the Sakai Fellowship Guide to host on-line chat sessions and to advertise appointments available on short notice due to cancellations.  To access the Sakai Fellowship Guide, request access by sending an email to gradfund at rci.rutgers.edu.  Please include in your email your full name, graduate program and your Net Id user name.

GradFund Blog (https://gradfund.wordpress.com/) provides information on upcoming deadlines and workshops.

GradFund is now on Facebook and Twitter where we regularly post fellowship and grant deadlines, news, information, workshop announcements and appointment availability.

About Teresa M. Delcorso-Ellmann

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