At GradFund, we are committed to helping graduate students through the grant and funding application process all year round. With this in mind, we offers Summer Mentoring Programs to encourage graduate students stay on track and make the most of their summers to plan and draft grant and fellowship applications. For 2015 we’re introducing the Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program, which will:
1) help students create a long-term plan for incorporating grant writing into their graduate careers and,
2) help them develop a fellowship or grant application during the summer which you will then be able to submit during the fall 2015 application cycle.
The first activity in which our 2015 DFMP Cohort will participate is a one-on-one meeting with a Fellowship Advisor to discuss their Individual Funding Plan.
What is the Individual Funding Plan?
The Individual Funding Plan is a way for graduate students to think ahead to the next several years of their graduate education and anticipate both their funding needs down the road as well as how they will integrate funding applications into the rest of their academic responsibilities.
Typically external grants and fellowships are structured around specific eligibility requirements built around milestones in a graduate student’s academic career. From early graduate fellowships and grants, to smaller grants to visit archives, to dissertation completion grants, it is important to anticipate when you will not only be eligible but also in need of a particular award to fund your research or studies.
While this can seem a daunting task, working with GradFund’s Fellowship Advisors to complete an Individual Funding Plan can relieve much of the pressure and anxiety around keeping deadlines and balancing graduate research and study with proposal and grant writing.
How Can I Create an Individual Funding Plan?
If you are part of the 2015 Doctoral Funding Mentoring Program, then you’ll receive guidance from the Fellowship Advising team on how to complete this task.
If you’re a Rutgers graduate student but are not part of the Mentoring Program, schedule a meeting with us and we will be happy to work with you on planning your fellowship and grand writing timeline.