Author Archives: Kelsey Bitting

Personal Statements: Crafting Your Intellectual Biography

Fellowships and scholarships are structured as financial investments in an individual scholar, rather than a specific research project or scholarly endeavor. As such, applications for these types of awards often require a personal statement or personal essay of some sort … Continue reading

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Understanding an External Award Program

Taking the time to fully understand an award program is a critical part of the application preparation process that novice proposal writers sometimes overlook. GradFund suggests carefully following the multi-step process below before even beginning to draft your application materials. … Continue reading

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Understanding Postdocs with a Teaching or Research Emphasis

Nationally competitive postdoctoral fellowships are a logical next-step for many graduate students, especially those pursuing a tenure-track career. These awards typically fall into two basic categories: those with an emphasis on teaching, and those with an emphasis on research. As … Continue reading

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Ambassador, Scholar, Fellow

Applicants for nationally competitive fellowships are often focused on the financial benefits of the award, and may overlook the funders’ larger purpose: To nurture a community of scholars devoted to advancing the program’s research goals. To develop that community, funders … Continue reading

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Fellowships, Grants, and Scholarships: Which Award Fits My Graduate Program?

Merit-based awards for graduate students typically fall into one of three categories: Fellowships, grants, and scholarships. Each type of award supports graduate study in a different way, and each is tailored toward a specific type of graduate program. Knowing which … Continue reading

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Time to Plan: The Spring Semester

The funding calendar of external grants and fellowships to support graduate study has a distinct rhythm that we at GradFund know well: Small grants, scholarships, and pre-dissertation research grants have a concentration of deadlines during the early spring semester, but … Continue reading

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The Power of Small Grants

Nearly every graduate student seeking funding for their dissertation research project starts out focused on finding one award that will pay for all their expenses at one fell swoop (and in one application season). However, there are many reasons to … Continue reading

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Bringing Your Proposal Full-Circle: The Conclusion

Somewhere along the way through grammar school, many of us learned that the introduction tells the readers what you’re going to tell them, the body of the document tells them, and the conclusion tells the readers what you’ve told them … Continue reading

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Summer 2013 GradFund Graduate Funding Mentoring Program

Are you a Rutgers graduate student interested in applying for external funding to support graduate and postdoctoral study? Apply to participate in the 2013 GradFund Graduate Funding Mentoring Program (GFMP) this summer! The 2013 GradFund GFMP will help you develop your grantsmanship … Continue reading

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GradFund Drop-In Hours, January 22-24

Are you interested in using GradFund’s services and applying for external funding in 2013, but aren’t sure where to start? Would you like to access the new, internal GradFund Knowledgebase 2.0, available only by visiting our office? Are you interested in … Continue reading

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