Author Archives: Ben Arenger

About Ben Arenger

I am a postdoctoral associate in fellowship advising at the Graduate School-New Brunswick, Rutgers University.

Becoming Fulbright Competitive

If you are a U.S. citizen and you plan to apply for funding to support overseas research, now is the time to consider whether a Fulbright fits with your plans. The Fulbright-IIE competition for the 2017-18 year has opened and … Continue reading

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The Four “C”s of Grant Writing

An effective grant application will be clear, concise, comprehensive, and compelling. These four “C”s may help you focus the drafting and revision process for any application. Clear Aim to describe your research project so that it is intelligible to an … Continue reading

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Multiple Documents, One Story

The multiple documents that comprise an award application should tell a single story. Since funder awards normally require some combination of a previous research statement, a biographical essay, and a research proposal, you will want to make sure that all of your … Continue reading

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Pitch a Second Project: Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

To be competitive for a postdoctoral fellowship in the humanities, you will need to describe your plans for a second project. Doctoral students who are still in the process of dissertation writing often find this to be a challenging task. … Continue reading

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Applying for Funding in the Humanities: Advice from a Fellowship Adviser

With the spring semester in full swing, now is a good time to start planning ahead for the fall application deadline season. For students in the humanities, it is important to be aware of your external funding award options. To … Continue reading

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Broader Impacts in a Nutshell

The National Science Foundation funds basic science research at the early graduate, dissertation, and postdoctoral stages. The NSF uses two criteria for evaluating funding applications: intellectual merit and broader impacts. In this blog post, I will explain ways in which … Continue reading

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Relating Your Funder’s Purpose to Your Award Application

So you started working on your award application, but you are unsure of how your research project advances the goals of the funding agency. What do you do? In a grant or fellowship application, you will want to make a compelling … Continue reading

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Planning for Travel Funding

Does your research require travel to a research site? There are a wide range of grants and fellowships that fund dissertation research at archives, ethnographic work, and scientific training abroad. As such, if your doctoral training will require travel at … Continue reading

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Using the Summer to Develop Competitive Fellowship and Grant Applications

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 … Continue reading

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How to Choose the Best Awards for You

Do you know what fellowship or grants you will apply for this year and in the coming years? In this blog post we will look at how to choose what awards to apply for and when. If you are eligible … Continue reading

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