Having finally thawed out from a long winter, it is hard to believe that summer is around the corner. Indeed, for many graduate students, the summer break presents an optimal moment to develop grant and fellowship applications. The majority of external award application deadlines are in the fall, and at GradFund, we have found that students who have the opportunity to draft research proposals and other application materials for external award in the summer, often submit a more polished finished product.
If you have a grant or fellowship application you want to get started with during the summer, consider participating in the GradFund Graduate Funding Mentoring Program, which will run from June 2 to July 25, 2014. The program is hosted online through the GradFund Sakai site, and participants should plan to devote approximately 10 hours per week to Mentoring Program activities.
There are some key advantages to participating in the mentoring program. The program provides a structure that enables you to work on your application over the course of weeks, while ensuring that you arrive at a completed draft before the fall semester begins. In addition, you have the opportunity to get regular feedback from your peers and from GradFund fellowship advisors throughout the multiple stages of the drafting process.
Whether you decide to participate in the mentoring program, it is always a good idea to integrate external funding into your summer plans!